Welcome

Welcome to the official web site for the St Peter Port lifeboat. The Guernsey lifeboat station is one of only four in the Channel Islands. Operating for over 200 years, the crews of the Guernsey lifeboats have been honoured with several awards for gallantry.

Spirit of Guernsey at speed – photo by Tony Rive

The Station has seen a variety of lifeboats over the years and the current lifeboat is the Severn class ‘Spirit of Guernsey’. The Island has always been proud to support the Lifeboat Station and crews; in 1973 a special appeal raised a considerable sum towards the cost of the Arun Class “Sir William Arnold”.

Twenty years later an appeal was launched to raise £1 million to support the building of “Spirit of Guernsey”. Thanks to the generosity of friends in Guernsey, Sark, Herm and further afield, the target was achieved within one year. The RNLI relies entirely on voluntary donations.

Following a six-month training and familiarisation period, July 2019 saw the introduction of a ‘B’ Class Atlantic 85 Inshore Rescue lifeboat – the Elizabeth and Margaret Milligan (B-889) on a two-year trial for evaluation.

Picture by Brian Green

Wavedancer

Tuesday 16th September, 2014

The relief St Peter Port lifeboat was called to the aid of the 11 metre vessel ”Wavedancer” after it called Guernsey Coastguard for assistance.

The Jersey registered motor cruiser with two persons on board had picked up some floating rope in both propellers, which completely disabled the vessel.

The Daniel L Gibson left St Peter Port at 14:03 Local Time and arrived safely back with the casualty in tow at 16:20

Jersey Ski Boat in 2nd incident

Tuesday 16th September 2014

The St Peter Port lifeboat was called into service twice more this evening. The first was for the medivac of a patient from Herm to Guernsey at 16:50 and the second to search for a broken down ski-boat between Guernsey and Jersey.

The 5.5 metre jersey registered ski-boat was found by the Daniel L Gibson at 18:37 and established a tow. The lifeboat then proceeded towards Jersey where the St Helier Lifeboat took over the tow and proceeded to Jersey with the two crew members on board.

The Daniel L Gibson left the scene at 19:07 and was back on station at 20:05.

NB: This was the second incident involving this vessel after it had to be rescued off the East coast of Sark on Friday evening

40ft Fairline 5 miles East North East of Platte Fougere

The St Peter Port Lifeboat was called out at 18:25 on Friday 12th September to go to the aid of a twin engine 40 foot Fairline which was approximately 5 miles East North East of Platte Fougere. The vessel had suffered failure of one engine and was experiencing difficulties with steering.

The Daniel L Gibson was alongside the casualty at 18:58 where it established a tow and was safely back in St Peter Port at 19:45.

“Daniel L. Gibson” called to assist 5.5m Jersey, Ski-boat

On Friday 12th September at 1952, a call was received by Guernsey Coastguard from the Sark Harbour Master’s rib that they were out searching for a Jersey registered 5.5m Ski boat that had contacted the Sark Authorities stating they had broken down just east of Sark. The vessel the Sark crew were looking for had set off from Jersey at 1300. The Jersey vessel had no flares, no radio, and no navigation equipment and was unable to confirm their position. The only method of communication was by mobile phone.

The Ski-boat was eventually locate out by the Blanchard Buoy, located two miles East of Sark. The Harbour Maste’s Rib attempted to tow the vessel to the safety of Sark but due to the very strong currents and weather conditions was unable to proceed.

In this deteriorating situation – the decision was made to send the Lifeboat, to assist the vessels.

2034 Lifeboat Red
2052 Lifeboat pierheads proceeding to the casualty.
2125 Lifeboat on scene, a tow was being established.
2134 Lifeboat returning to St Peter Port, two casualties on board, Ski-vessel under tow.
2210 Lifeboat arrives at the pierheads.
2245 Lifeboat refuelled and back on station