Swimmer in difficulty, Lihou Island

At 1255 on Thursday 25th July 2019, Guernsey Coastguard received a call from a member of the public expressing concern for a male swimmer off Lihou Island. The swimmer had swum from L’Eree to Lihou and got halfway back before returning to Lihou. Once back on the shore he appeared extremely exhausted and in some difficulty.

As Lihou Island causeway is currently closed due to tide, St Peter Port Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was launched at 1315 and proceeded at speed to Lihou to render assistance to the swimmer. Police Officers attended the Lihou Headland and met with the first informant. Shortly after the ILB launched the swimmer re-entered the water and made his way to a passing fishing boat which picked him up and took him back to the headland.  Paramedics and police met him on arrival and St Peter Port ILB was subsequently stood down.

Vessels Entangled at Rosaire Anchorage, Herm

At 0300 on Thursday 25th July 2019, Guernsey Coastguard received a call from 15m Norwegian sailing vessel “Bianca” at anchor in the Rosaire Anchorage on the West Coast of Herm. A French charter yacht had picked up a mooring close to Bianca and their chains had become entangled. The charter yacht was unable to slip the mooring and Bianca was unable to recover her anchor. The 2 vessels were colliding with one another risking damage.

After collecting further information and enlisting the help of the French Coastguard to aid in translation with the skipper of the French charter vessel, St Peter Port Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” was launched to assess the situation and to render assistance where required.

Arriving on scene shortly after 0400, Spirit of Guernsey was able to assist the vessels in untangling themselves and both vessels were moved to alternative mooring positions. No significant damage was caused to either vessel and no one was injured. Spirit of Guernsey arrived back in St Peter Port shortly before 0500.

MV “Cristelle” Taking On Water

At 1017 on Sunday 21st July 2019, Guernsey Coastguard received a radio call from 38ft motor cruiser “Cristelle” reporting that she was taking on water. No further information was received therefore St Peter Port All Weather Lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” was immediately paged.

Commutation was reestablished with Cristelle and it was determined that she was approximately 7 miles north of Guernsey and had suffered flooding on her starboard engine which had been contained. She had 2 persons on board and was making her way back to Guernsey on a single-engine. With the lifeboat crew already assembled, “Spirit of Guernsey” was tasked to intercept Cristelle and to accompany her back to St Peter Port in the event that the situation deteriorated.

Cristelle safely arrived in St Peter Port shortly after 1300 and the lifeboat returned to station.

James Way Duty SAR Mission Coordinator

Motor Cruiser Maranello broken down/unsure of position

On 19th July 2019, the All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) ‘Spirit of Guernsey’ was launched at about 15:00 to assist the 23 foot motor cruiser Maranello with 2 persons on board.  The vessel had broken down approximately 3.8nm SE of the Lower Heads buoy at the southern end of the Little Russel on the East Coast of Guernsey and due to restricted visibility was unsure of her exact position.

Once located, the casualty vessel was taken in tow by the St Peter Port Lifeboat and both returned safely to harbour at about 16:00 where the vessel was handed over to Guernsey harbour marina staff.

The ALB was back on station at 16:08.

M Harris – Duty SAR Mission Coordinator

ILB’s first ‘shout’ to rescue a paraglider

Guernsey’s new lifeboat completed its first ‘shout’ to rescue a paraglider stranded on rocks at Pleinmont on 17th July 2019.
The new ILB was on scene 16 minutes after leaving the harbour and recovered both the casualty and another person on the scene. 
Chris Harvey, Lifeboat Operations Manager said ‘This is a great example of how capable the ILB is for this type of rescue. On a rapidly rising tide where every minute was crucial, the ILB was very quickly on scene and then able to get in amongst the rocks to rescue the casualties before transferring them to the bigger ALB. The ILB dramatically increases our ability to save lives in this situation.’

Motor Cruiser Pearl 6 with engine/fuel problem

The All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) was back in action at 17:50 on 17th July 2019, soon after dropping off an injured paraglider at St Peter Port. 

The “Spirit of Guernsey” went to the assistance of motor cruiser Pearl 6 who was experiencing fuel and engine problems with 2 people on board.  The casualty was taken in tow approximately 3 miles West of the Schole bank at 18:30.

The ALB arrived back at St Peter Port at 20:06, and passed on the casualty to the marina staff.

The ALB was back on station at 20:33.