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Helensburgh Lifeboat - Atlantic 85 Class ILB

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Helensburgh Lifeboat provides a search and rescue service to those who spend time on (and in) the waters of the upper reaches of the Firth of Clyde. The site is maintained by the Lifeboat Station personnel and includes history, operational information, and details of the day-to-day workings of our lifeboat station. We hope you enjoy your visit to the website as we have tried to make it as informative and interesting as possible.

Helensburgh Lifeboat Station is located in Rhu Marina. (Click here for a Location Map).


During the COVID-10 pandemic the RNLI has had to change the way in which it operates to ensure that crews are as safe as possible. Volunteers and staff only attend the lifeboat station now if absolutely, operationally, necessary. However, we are still on hand 24/7 to respond when tasked by the coastguard. We are asking the public to be mindful of this and to take extra care when around the water until the lockdown measures have been lifted by the government. If our crews are paged, it means they have to break social distancing, putting themselves at risk.


Stop. Think. Stay Safe.

RNLI in Scotland issues important safety advice during easing of lockdown.

The message from the RNLI in Scotland is clear, an easing of lockdown does not mean an instantly safer coast; water temperatures remain dangerously cold so STOP, THINK, STAY SAFE, be prepared and follow Scottish Government Advice.

Advice from Scottish Lifeboat Stations. (Click link to watch).

Float to Live

Float to Live Campaign

The RNLI is now calling on the public to fight their instincts and remember one simple skill - floating - that could save lives from drowning.

Access the Float to Live Campaign video

Everyone who falls into cold water unexpectedly wants to follow the same instinct: to swim hard and fight the water. But when you fight it, the chances are, you'll lose. Instead you need to stay calm and 'Float To Live'.

Desktop Pager

Desktop Pager

Would you like to be notified of Helensburgh Lifeboat launches as they happen? If so, download the Desktop Pager. The desktop pager beeps when the crew have been notified of a launch.

Download a Desktop Pager from the main RNLI website

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