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Helensburgh Lifeboat - Atlantic 85 Class ILB

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'On Service'


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.



During these uncharted times, some of you may be looking for ways to engage, educate and entertain your children at home. And even more of you will have family, friends and loved ones in the same boat.

To help, the RNLI is launching Water Safety Wednesdays this week on the RNLI's Facebook page. We know that Governmental instructions are to stay at home so with this in mind, we would like to give people ways for young people to continue to learn essential and lifesaving water safety for when the time comes in the future where the Government advise that people can resume back to normal and may be visiting beaches for example.

Water Safety Wednesdays are aimed at parents, guardians, grandparents or teachers, providing a selection of fun, free and engaging activities to help children learn at home or in the classroom on how to stay safe in, on and around the water. Each activity comes with a set of notes; making it easy to be taught anywhere, and by anyone. Teaching at home may be new for many people at the moment and if we can help, we would like to. Starting this Wednesday, we will be sharing a suggested activity to download each week.

We will be running a live dedicated Water Safety Wednesday session on Facebook Live, hosted by one of our very own Water Safety Team members. This will start on Wednesday 1st April at 10.15 am on the RNLI's Facebook Page (i.e. Links will also be shared via Twitter (i.e. and with volunteers in the Volunteer Facebook Group.

There will be additional interactive activities to take away each week, so please tune in and share with your friends, family and local communities. As always, we want to share our interventions as far and wide as possible, to help us reach those most at risk. Please also take this opportunity to share Water Safety Wednesdays within your own networks.

We would also love to hear any ideas you have for how we can improve our Water Safety Wednesdays so please do send them in to us at

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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