At 08:37 local time on Monday 3rd June 2019, a distress message was received by Guernsey Coastguard from the 17 foot vessel ‘Dingbat’ with two persons on board. The vessel had broken down and become swamped one nautical mile North of Les Hanois Lighthouse on the South West coast of Guernsey.
The St Peter Port lifeboat ‘Spirit of Guernsey’ was launched immediately along with the Channel Islands ‘Air Search’ aircraft ‘Air Search 1’.
At 09:14 both the ‘Spirit of Guernsey’ and ‘Air Search 1’ arrived at the location of the vessel which had by this time deployed its liferaft in preparation for abandoning the craft. Shortly afterwards the two persons on board ‘Dingbat’ were transferred to the lifeboat and a tow was established.
‘Air Search 1’ stood down at 09:19, and the ‘Spirit of Guernsey’ arrived back at St Peter Port harbour at 10:29 and was back on station at 10:35.
At 1720 on Wednesday 29th May 2019, Guernsey Coastguard received a radio call from sailing vessel “Rancer” asking for assistance. The vessel had 1 person onboard and had broken down approximately 2 miles west of Little Sark. She was making slow progress under sail to St Peter Port.
Given fading light, reducing visibility and light winds, St Peter Port Lifeboat the “Spirit of Guernsey” launched at 1809 and proceeded to the scene. Once “Rancer” was located, a tow line was connected and the vessel was towed safely back to St Peter Port, arriving shortly after 2015.
At 1110 on Monday 6th May, Guernsey Coastguard
received a PAN PAN urgency call from the fishing vessel “Kendor” which had
broken down in the vicinity of Vivian Beacon, approximately half a mile south
of the entrance to St Sampson’s Harbour. The vessel had 2 people onboard and
was drifting towards the breakwater at Longue Hougue.
St Peter Port Lifeboat the “Spirit of Guernsey” launched at 1129 and was on scene within 5 minutes. None of the crew of the vessel sustained any injuries and she was safely towed back to St Peter Port arriving shortly before midday.
At 07:40am on Sunday 28th April 2019, Guernsey Coastguard received a MAYDAY distress call from the 42-foot sailing vessel Allura, with five persons on-board. The message stated that the Allura had run aground on rocks just outside of Beaucette marina on the North coast of Guernsey and that the crew considered themselves to be in imminent danger. The St Peter Port Lifeboat the ‘RNLB Spirit of Guernsey’ was launched at 08:04 and was on scene with the casualty vessel by 08:13. After initial assessments were conducted as to the condition of the crew and vessel it was decided to tow the Allura clear of the rocks and back to St Peter Port harbour. Both vessels arrived safely back into harbour at 08:43 and the St Peter Port Lifeboat was back on Station at 08:48.
At 1250 on Sunday 21st April, Guernsey Coastguard received a MAYDAY call from a Jersey registered vessel in distress approximately 5 miles south-east of St Martin’s Point. Motor vessel “Majeur Deux” had suffered a mechanical failure with smoke emitting from her engine compartment.
At 1305, St Peter Port Lifeboat was launched to assist the vessel. The
lifeboat arrived on scene at 1325 and a crewmember was transferred to the casualty.
A tow was established and Majeur Deux was towed safely back to St Peter Port
arriving alongside the Inter Island Quay at 1445.
An ambulance attended and the 2 crew were treated for minor smoke