Guernsey Government House

Sark Sea Service

Special award presentations

This Sunday (13 Aug) saw His Excellency join the Dean of Guernsey, RNLI supporters, members of Sark's community, and the crews of the Spirit of Guernsey and the Flying Christine in celibrating Sark's close association with the sea at the island's annual sea service.

Sir Ian reads the lesson On a gloriously sunny Bailiwick morning, Sir Ian travelled across to Sark along with the other visitors on the Spirit and, en route, enjoyed some magnificent close up views of the islands rugged and dramatic coastline.

The service was officiated over by The Reverend Karen Le Mouton now representing the combined churches of Sark, and music was provided by the Salvation Army Band.

A real rescue of the way home! On completion, His Excellency also made a special presentation on behalf of the RNLI to Sark residents Linda and Simon Adams to mark the huge amount of work they have both done in support of the Lifeboat Institute.  Between them they have clocked up an extraordinary total of more than 60 years of fundraising!

Finally, in an unexpected twist on their return trip, the visitors witnessed the lifeboat team in a real 'shout' when they were diverted to recover and tow a powerboat that had suffered engine failure in the Little Russel.  After a textbook rescue, the disabled vessel, its crew, and all the visitors all made it back to Guernsey safe and sound, and still in time for sunday lunch!