At 01:30 this morning (Sunday 15th April 2012) the yacht Ardel advised Guernsey Coastguard that they were aground on rocks off St Peter Port Harbour entrance (Goubeau Rock) with two persons onboard. The lifeboat crew were alerted and the Pilot boat St Sampsons which was at sea proceeding towards a commercial vessel bound for St Sampson’s Harbour diverted to the scene but because of the conditions and lack of water were only able to stand-by. A Guernsey Harbour marina dory proceeded to the scene and was able to take both persons off the casualty and transfer them to the lifeboat which had arrived on scene soon after the dory.
The survivors were landed at St Peter Port.
Ironically, some of the Lifeboat crew were at St James at the fund raising event for the RNLI and St Peter Port lifeboat. The concert was to commemorate the Titanic disaster which sank at around
2am exactly 100 years ago and about the same time Linden Galsworthy was heading out of St Peter Port in a Marina Dory to rescue two crew members from this yacht as it grounded on Goubeau Reef midway between St Peter Port harbour and the QEII Marina to transport them to the St Peter Port lifeboat.