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.
The lifeboat was launched after a report was received that a vessel was possibly on fire off Kilcreggan. Upon investigation smoke was seen on the shore therefore this was taken as being a false alarn with good intent.
On 22nd Sept 2020 at 14:00 a report was received of a sailing vessel in Loch Long off Cove having lost steerage. Helensburgh lifeboat was tasked to launch and attend the casualty vessel; two persons were on board. When the lifeboat reached the casualty area the vessel was under tow by a motor vessel en route to the Holy Loch Marina. The lifeboat followed the tow into the Holy Loch where it took over in order to berth the vessel in the Marina. Once the vessel was secured alongside the lifeboat stood down and returned to Helensburgh lifeboat station.
On Saturday at 17:16 the UK Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat to evacuate a medical casualty, an injured walker, from the North Shore of Ardmore Point. Paramedics and local Coastguard team members were in attendance at the locus; extraction by foot was not favoured. The lifeboat launched at 17:27, and while en route was diverted by the Coastguard, at 17:37, to assist two persons with a rigid kayak and a small inflatable dinghy stranded at the 'Sugar ship' unable to make their way safely ashore. The lifeboat collected the two persons and their craft which were then transferred to the MoD police launch 'Skye', at 17:40, who having been in the area offered to take the 2 casualties ashore and allow the lifeboat to continue on her original mission. The lifeboat arrived at Ardmore at 17:43, when the casualty and two paramedics were taken on board for passage to Rhu Marina. The two coastguard team members were left to walk back to recover their vehicle. An ambulance was waiting at 18:20 for the extraction team. The lifeboat was reported to be refuelled and ready for service again at 19:05.
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.