At 20:33 on Monday 26 July 2021, Guernsey Coastguard was contacted by the sailing vessel “Pluto” which had broken down in the Big Russel, due East of Herm. The vessel was struggling against the flood tide and a crew member on board was suffering from seasickness.
A Pan-Pan broadcast was made to see if there were any vessels in the area that could assist “Pluto” however there were none and at 20:55 the St Peter Port all-weather lifeboat “Spirit of Guernsey” was launched to the assist “Pluto”.
The Lifeboat arrived on scene at 21:26 and established a tow with the casualty vessel, bringing it safely back into St Peter Port Harbour at 22:57, where the tow was handed over to Guernsey Harbour’s marina staff.
The St Peter Port lifeboat was back on station at 23:10.