St Peter Port Lifeboat Launched to Assist Two Broken Down Vessels

At 8:27am on Thursday 27th May, Guernsey Coastguard received a radio call from a 10-metre fishing vessel seeking assistance. The vessel had 2 people on board and had broken down 30 miles northwest of Guernsey in the approaches to the Casquets Traffic Separation Scheme. This position placed the casualty on the border between the UK and French Search and Rescue Regions. After liaising with the UK and French Coastguards, coordination was retained by Guernsey Coastguard. Attempts were made to gain assistance from vessels in the area, but no help was forthcoming.

St Peter Port Lifeboat the “Spirit of Guernsey” launched at 9:20am and proceeded to the scene. Once the vessel was located, a tow line was connected and the vessel was towed safely back to St Peter Port, arriving shortly before 2:00pm.

Minutes later, Guernsey Coastguard received a second call from a 4-metre motorboat that had broken down 5 miles southeast of St Martin’s Point. Spirit of Guernsey was tasked to the incident arriving on scene at 2:25 pm. A tow was established with the vessel and her crew safely brought back to St Peter Port.

photo by Dylan Ray
AIS track of the 2 shouts, courtesy of Digimap

Person Rescued after Cliff Fall

At 15:52 on 16 March 2021, a member of the public called the Joint
Emergency Services Control Centre (JESCC) to report that their friend had
fallen down the cliffs at Icart Point whilst walking in the area.

At 16:20 the St Peter Port relief all weather Lifeboat ‘Daniel L Gibson’ and the
inshore Lifeboat ‘Elizabeth & Margaret Milligan’ were launched to proceed to
the scene of the incident to assess the casualties’ condition and to ascertain if
a recovery by sea could be carried out.

Police, Ambulance, Fire Service Cliff Rescue and Coastguard officers attended
at Icart Point to prepare for a possible rope rescue if required however, this
was not needed as the crew of the inshore Lifeboat had managed to get to the
casualty and recover him safely to the Lifeboat for onward transport back to St
Peter Port harbour and the awaiting ambulance service there.

Both Lifeboats returned to station by 17:56 and the incident was closed at

photo by Dylan Ray
photo by Dylan Ray

Lifeboat launched to assist grounded fishing vessel

At 0135 this morning (Tuesday 23rd February 2021) Guernsey Coastguard received a MAYDAY call from a fishing vessel that had run aground on rocks around Tautenay Beacon.

The St Peter Port All Weather Lifeboat, Spirit of Guernsey, was launched to assist.

The fishing vessel re-floated without assistance and, on sounding around the vessel, the vessel’s Skipper confirmed that there was no ingress of water or damage to propulsion and steering.

The fishing vessel returned to St Peter Port under its own power with the Lifeboat escorting her as a precaution.

At 0245 both vessels safely arrived in St Peter Port.

AIS tracking courtesy of Digimap

Swimmer in Difficulty – Havelet Bay

At 13:31 on Friday 19 February 2021, the Joint Emergency Services Control Centre (JESCC), received a telephone call from a member of the public stating that a man had jumped from the Castle Emplacement sea wall into Havelet Bay and was struggling in the rough conditions.

Police and Coastguard officers were dispatched to the scene immediately and both the St Peter Port all weather lifeboat (ALB) and inshore lifeboat (ILB) were paged to launch.

On hearing Guernsey Coastguard’s ‘MAYDAY RELAY’ message the Polar Research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough, which at the time was south of St Martins point, offered the assistance of one of its Fast Rescue Craft (FRC) however, Police officers had already been able to recover the man from the water using a Life-Ring mounted on the harbour wall nearby.

Both lifeboats were stood down from Search & Rescue duties at 13.38 however, the inshore lifeboat was asked to retrieve a further Life-Ring that had been thrown into the water by the casualty’s friend.

The incident was closed at 14:21

Mike Harris AssocRINA, AffiIIMS.

St Peter Port Lifeboat launched to assist broken down vessel

At 9:30am on Monday 7th September 2020, Guernsey Coastguard received a radio call from a 21-foot motor boat with 1 person onboard which had broken down 18 nautical miles west of Les Casquets Lighthouse. Guernsey Coastguard made a PAN PAN broadcast on behalf of the casualty requesting assistance from other vessels in the area however, no offers of help were forthcoming.

St Peter Port Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” was launched at 10:05am to locate and assist the casualty vessel, arriving on scene at 11:05am. A tow line was connected and the vessel was towed safely back to St Peter, arriving at the pier heads at 1:20pm.

photo by Carl Bisson
Pic by Tony Rive 07-09-2020 Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey towing a small motor boat south through the Little Russel between Brehon Tower and Vivian Beacon as they head for St Peter Port Harbour.
Pic by Tony Rive 07-09-2020 Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey heading east towing a small motor boat they had picked up 20 miles West of the Casquetes Lighthouse which had broken down. The Casquests Lighthouse can be seen on the horizon.
Pic by Tony Rive 07-09-2020 Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey towing a 21ft private motor boat past La Platte Fougere Lighthouse before turning south towards the Little Russel on their way to St Peter Port Harbour.