Following recent repairs in the UK, the St Peter Port lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” has returned to Guernsey and the relief lifeboat went back to Poole the same day. Pictures by Tony Rive
The St Peter Port All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) “Fraser Flyer” was launched at 1423 on Friday 26th June 2020 to go to the assistance of an Alderney registered pleasure vessel taking on water 6 miles north of Platte Fougere Lighthouse.
The 8 meter vessel with 8 people on board broadcast a PAN PAN message on VHF Ch.16 prompting Guernsey Coastguard to launch the St Peter Port ALB and request the launch of Channel Islands Air Search’s Air Search 1.
St Peter Port ALB was on scene at 1459 and transferred two of the Lifeboat Crew to the casualty vessel with a salvage pump. Then the crew of the casualty vessel transferred to the Lifeboat. At this point Air search 1 was stood down.
Once the water ingress was controlled and pumped out the casualty vessel was escorted back to St Peter Port.
In a busy afternoon for Guernsey Coastguard, both the St Peter Port All Weather Lifeboat and the Inshore Lifeboat were tasked to incidents around the coast. (20th June 2020)
Shortly after 5pm, Guernsey Coastguard received several calls reporting a man in the water in difficulty close to rocks in Saints Bay Harbour. Both lifeboats were paged and Police and Coastguard officers attended the scene. Police were able to lift the man out of the water however, he had sustained injuries to his head and was unable to walk back up the rocks. St Peter Port Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene just before 5:30pm and crewmen assisted paramedics in transferring the casualty onto the Inshore Lifeboat by stretcher. The casualty was taken to the landing in Saints Harbour and safely carried up the steps to a waiting ambulance.
Whilst on route to the same incident, Guernsey Coastguard was alerted to a vessel broken down and drifting north from Herm Harbour. As the person in Saints Bay had been recovered ashore, St Peter Port Lifeboat was diverted to assist the drifting vessel. A tow was established and the vessel was towed safely back to St Peter Port arriving back on station just before 6:30pm.