Descriptions of the most recent launches of Helensburgh Lifeboat can be found on this page - follow the links at the foot of the page for details of previous lifeboat Launches.
Our Press Officer will have details of a shout immediately after the incident and, although we don't always succeed, we attempt to include details on the website asap.
If the information is available, we sometimes include the lifeboat track along with the 'shout' narrative. This is possible as the lifeboat is fitted with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponder which transmits the lifeboat's position, course and speed every few minutes.
On Monday 14th September at 11:09 the UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the lifeboat in response to a Mayday call from a vessel in the vicinity of Cloch Lighthouse which had smoke emanating from its engine room. The lifeboat launched at 11:20 reaching the casualty area of Lundeston Bank. The vessel, a motor sailor with two persons on board, was now approaching the entrance to Kip Marina and she was escorted to a berth to be met by the local coastguard. The lifeboat left the marina at 11:55, returned to station, and reported refuelled and ready for service again at 12:15.
On Sunday 6th September, Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 18:52 in response to a request from the UK Coastguard to give assistance to 4 people in the water at the Knockderry hotel moorings. The lifeboat arrived on the scene at 19:02 in company with a MoD Police boat and the Coastguard helicopter. Two people were taken from the water by the Police boat and 2 by the lifeboat; all were suffering effects from immersion in cold water. One person from the Police boat was lifted into the helicopter for immediate medical care, then remaining casualties where assembled in the lifeboat which then took them to a waiting ambulance at the Royal Gourock Yacht Club. There were three persons in the 50/60 age group with first aid being given to all three casualties en route. The three were handed over to the ambulance service at 19:50 and the lifeboat then return to base.
UK Coastguard requested immediate launch of the lifeboat at 14:54 to assist a 5.5 m inflatable rib with two persons on board whose transom had broken and the sponsons were leaking. The lifeboat launched at 15:04 and proceeded to the casualty whose location was given as 400 m off Strone point at the entrance to the Holy Loch. Upon arriving at the lifeboat crew lashed the 30 hp outboard and the transom onto the rib and then towed it to the Holy Loch Marina where it was made secure. The two persons from the rib were returned to Rosneath on the lifeboat. The lifeboat returned to station at 16:58 and was reported ready for service again at 17:20.
The UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the lifeboat on Tuesday at 18:02 to assist in securing a fish boat that had broken from its mooring in the force 7 weather conditions in East India Dock. The lifeboat launched at 18:11, arriving at the locus at 18:25. The lifeboat assisted the three persons on board to secure the vessel, in the challenging conditions with the local CG team, and then ferried the three persons ashore. The lifeboat returned to station at 19:20 and was reported refuelled and ready for service again at 19:35.
On Saturday at 20:40 the UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the lifeboat for a person in the water at the CalMac ferry terminal, Gourock. The lifeboat launched at 20:47 arriving at the scene at 20:55 and found the MoD Police Launch 'Iona' had recovered the individual. One crew member went ashore to check on the condition of a casualty given it was reported the nearest ambulance was some 20 minutes away. The Police then transferred the individual to hospital in their vehicle. The lifeboat was released at 21:10 to return to station, arriving at 21:20, and reporting refuelled and ready for service again at 21:34.
The lifeboat launched at 15:07 in response to a request from the UK Coastguard to investigate reports of an overturned dinghy in Stroul Bay near Clynder. The lifeboat was quickly on the scene and soon located an overturned inflatable dinghy of the type often used as a yacht tender. The dinghy was recovered into the lifeboat which then started a search of the area to determine if any person or persons were in the water. There was no sign of anyone and so the lifeboat, with dinghy, returned to the station at 15:50 where it was recovered and refuelled ready for the next call.
The UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch at 20:44 following a request from Police Scotland that a person had escaped from their custody and had run into the water and was some 30 metres offshore in the vicinity of Newark Castle, Port Glasgow. The Lifeboat launched at 20:54 and reached the area 13 minutes later where they found that the person had chosen to make his way ashore into the arms of the police rather than be rescued by our crew. The lifeboat departed the scene at 21:09, returning to the station and reporting refuelled and ready for service again at 21:40.