RNLI issues safety warning – Guernsey Lifeboat News Release

Sunday 29 July 2018

The RNLI has urged beachgoers to stay safe if they head to the beach with inflatables this summer.

With people flocking to the coast across the UK, there has been a spike in the number of people having to be rescued from a wide range of inflatables – ranging from footballs, unicorns, flamingos to inflatable boats.

RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Gill said, ‘Inflatables aren’t designed for the beach, and it is easy to find yourself quickly swept out to sea.

‘If you do choose to use them, we would like to remind people that they’re to be used near the shore and only when the wind is blowing back onto the beach. Never take inflatables out in big waves, and never use them when the winds which will blow you further out to sea.

 ‘On Sunday, our local volunteer crew were called out to reports of two persons with an inflatable kayak at Pembroke struggling to get back to shore. Thankfully, the wind died down and the kayakers were able to return safely to dry land.  However, it could have been a very different outcome.’

Whenever you take to the sea the RNLI recommend that you and your children wear a suitable lifejacket or buoyancy aid.  This will provide the necessary flotation should the inflatable suffer a puncture or similar.

Kayakers at Pembroke

The St Peter Port Lifeboat was launched at 11:10 on Sunday 29th July 2018 after reports were received of 2 people in an inflatable kayak, at the entrance to Pembroke bay, were in difficulties and unable to make their way back against the strong Southerly winds.  Fortunately, the Kayakers were able to make their way back, and the lifeboat was stood down before arriving on scene.

The Spirit of Guernsey was back on station at 12:15.

Pic by Tony Rive 29-07-18
Lifeboat Spirit of Guernsey climbing up heavy
swells in the Little Russel

Lifeboat Stall at Government House Fete

There will be a lifeboat stall at this Saturday’s Government House Fete from 2pm to 5pm. Do come and support us as well as the Mostly Books Shop stall which gives a third of its profits to the Guernsey RNLI.
There is some parking on site and also at Beechwood, but the Scouts will be asking for a £2 donation for this. Over 30 charities will have stalls and there will be entertainment.


“The Spirit Of Guernsey ” tasked  to assist a 9.5m yacht close to the Hanois Lighthouse

A call was received from the “St Anthony” on Saturday 14th July 2018 to advise Guernsey Coastguard that she had broken down and was unable to proceed and requested assistance.

As there were no available vessels to go to the assistance of the yacht “The Spirit of Guernsey” was tasked to the yacht`s assistance

1926 Lifeboat at the Pier Heads bound for the casualty

1955 Lifeboat alongside casualty – connecting tow

2121 Lifeboat arrives back in St Peter Port with casualty that is handed over to the Marina Staff

2131 “The Spirit of Guernsey “back on station

“The Spirit Of Guernsey ” tasked to carry out  a search  south of St Martins Point

22nd June 2018 – A report was received from a member of the Public on the cliffs above St Martins Point that they had observed what appeared to be a survival suit in the water 300yds offshore. At the distance involved, they were unable to ascertain if there was anyone in the suit.

An “all ships” call was put out by Guernsey Coastguard asking for any vessels in the area to investigate the sighting, this was raised to a Pan Pan (Urgency) Broadcast, but unfortunately no one was able to assist.

The Spirit of Guernsey tasked to investigate

1854 Lifeboat at the Pier Heads bound for St Martins Point

1902 On Scene

Object identified as a yellow casual jacket, identification details were found in the jacket and the person involved contacted to ensure that everyone one was safe.

Lifeboat stood down.  — 1922 Lifeboat returns to St Peter Port.

St Peter Port lifeboat leaving its mooring – photo by Tony Rive