In addition to the 45 callouts described below, the Lifeboat Crew was paged to launch on a further 6 occasions, however the launches were cancelled before the boat entered the water.

2007 SERVICE CALLS

Tug Capsize (07/45 - Wednesday 19th December)

Helensburgh Lifeboat was called out at 18:39 hrs by Clyde Coastguard after a report had been received that a Tug had capsized in the River Clyde off the mouth of the River Cart. One member of the tug’s crew was rescued fairly promptly and taken to hospital however the other three tug crew members were reported as missing. After launching at 18:49 hrs, the lifeboat proceeded to the locus where they joined in an extensive search for the missing crew. Over the next 7 - 8 hours, Helensburgh Lifeboat plus numerous other vessels, including lifeboats from Largs and Troon, conducted a search of the river from the locus down to the Erskine Bridge. Part of the search entailed conducting an 8-vessel line abreast search from the Erskine Bridge up river towards the casualty with Helensburgh Lifeboat acting as on-scene commander. On the river banks, a thorough shore search was conducted by Auxiliary Coastguard Teams that had been brought in from around the Firth of Clyde. Although a Police helicopter and Navy 177 were initially involved, they were forced to return to base at about 19:25 hrs due to poor visibility. Navy divers attempted to conduct an underwater search however were unable to gain access to the Tug’s Wheelhouse. It was not until about 13:30 hrs on Thursday 20th that Police divers were able to attempt an underwater search again (low water and day-light). As the air temperature was below zero, the lifeboat crew was relieved twice during the Service with no crew being afloat for more than about 2.5 hours. Relief crews travelled to Glasgow by car and changed over at the Rothesay Dock. At 01:00 hrs, the search was suspended for the night and Helensburgh Lifeboat returned to base after conducting another low speed search down to Erskine Bridge. The lifeboat reported ready for service again at 02:30 hrs. The Lifeboat Operations Manager agreed to a Coastguard request to participate again when the search was to be resumed at 07:30hrs in the morning

Incident at Erskine Bridge (07/44 - Tuesday 18th December)

Information withheld.

Car in River Clyde at Langbank (07/43 - Wednesday 12th December)

Clyde Coastguard telephoned the Lifeboat Operations Manager at 00:59 hrs after receiving a report from the Police that there was a car in the water at West Ferry, Langbank. The Lifeboat Operations Manager agreed to launch and paged the crew. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 01:39 hrs and progressed cautiously from the river channel to the location of the car, which was some 4.5 cables out of the main channel and under the sea wall. A Coastguard Auxiliary Team was on scene in addition to a Police Dog Unit. It transpired that the car in the water had been stolen and abandoned after crashing through a barrier. The lifeboat searched the immediate local, and, with nothing found, returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 02:50 hrs.

Incident at James Watt Dock (07/42 - Friday 9th November)

Information withheld.

Man in Water (07/41 - Monday 6th November)

Clyde Coastguard requested lifeboat launch after numerous 999 calls reported a person in the water in Cardwell Bay. The lifeboat launched, and arrived on-scene where a local ferry and an MOD Police RIB were in attendance. They assisted in rescuing the casualty (an elderly gentleman) who had been in the water for about one hour, and who was exhausted and very cold. The lifeboat took the casualty aboard, wrapped him in an ambulance pouch to keep him warm and took him ashore where an ambulance arrived within minutes. The lifeboat assisted in the recovery of his inflatable dingy, and then returned to station.

Steering Failure (07/40 - Sunday 21st October)

Clyde Coastguard phoned the Deputy Launching Authority regarding a yacht which had lost its steering, and asked if the lifeboat would attend. The lifeboat was launched, proceeded to the scene where a ferry had been standing by the drifting yacht. The crew of the lifeboat boarded the yacht, rigged the emergency steering (as the steering chain had snapped) and assisted the yacht crew with radio procedures and testing of the steering. The yacht then returned to port under its own power and the lifeboat returned to station.

Plastic Sheet Didn't Need Rescuing (07/39 - Saturday 13th October)

The Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 16.58 as they had had reports of a person in the water at the entrance to the Great Harbour. After arriving on scene the lifeboat spotted some semi-submerged plastic sheeting in the vicinity. The Search & Rescue helicopter, Navy 177, which had also been tasked, hovered above the sheeting while the coastguard contacted the first informant who confirmed that this was the object they had seen. As this was obviously a false alarm with good intent, the lifeboat was released and returned to station.

Broken RIB (07/38 - Saturday 6th October)

The Deputy Launching Authority was phoned by the Coastguard with a report that a small RIB had broken down off the village of Cardross. They had been fishing, were not in immediate danger, and had anchored off the shore as the tide was rising. The Deputy Launching Authority agreed to the lifeboat being launched, and paged the crew. The lifeboat proceeded to the scene, where they took the two crew of the RIB onboard the lifeboat, then towed the casualty across the River Clyde to their car & trailer at Coronation Park. The lifeboat then stood down and returned to station.

'Mermaid' Apprehended by Police (07/37 - Thursday 4th October)

The Lifeboat Operations Manager was contacted by the Coastguard and informed that three peace protesters had been arrested whilst trying to swim into the Naval Base at Coulport from the South. These protesters informed the MOD that a fourth man had simultaneously been attempting a similar escapade from the North, and although they had a mobile phone number for him, he was not answering it. The lifeboat was asked to assist in the search for this missing protester, who was apparently dressed as a mermaid. On arriving at the scene, the lifeboat liaised with the MOD police launch, and started a shore search from the South. The lifeboat crew located the casualty on the shoreline within the Naval Base, and took him to the MOD police launch where he was arrested; the lifeboat then returned to station.

Distressed Guide Dog (07/36 - Thursday 27th September)

Clyde Coastguard requested a ‘Launch ILB’ after they had received a report that there was a blind person in the River Leven (Dumbarton) and that there was a distressed guide dog on the bank of the river. The crew mustered and launched however shortly after doing so the lifeboat was advised that the person had been rescued and that they should return to base.

Upturned Catamaran (07/35 - Tuesday 24th September)

A ‘Launch ILB’ signal was paged at 16:17hrs after a report was received that there was an upturned Catamaran opposite Coulport and that the crew were in the water. The lifeboat launched and proceeded to the locus where they found that the cat had been righted and was tied alongside a Police Launch. One crew member had been taken to Coulport by an MoD RiB however refused medical treatment. The other crew member was still on the cat and needed no medical attention. Both were wearing wet suits and buoyancy aids. The lifeboat towed the cat back to Ardentinny with the owner where it was recovered, thereafter the lifeboat returned to rescue base.

Dislocated Shoulder (07/34 - Tuesday 18th September)

At 14:20 hrs, the crew was paged after a report had been received that there was a person on board a yacht who had a suspected dislocated shoulder. The lifeboat was launched and was on scene at 14.31 hrs. After assessing the situation, an lifeboat crew member restrained the shoulder of the casualty with a frac-strap. It looked as if he had dislocated it and was reporting a numbness down his left arm. Having stabilized him, he was then transferred to the lifeboat and taken ashore to a waiting ambulance where he was then transferred to hospital for further attention. The lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 15:40.

Incident at Dunoon (07/33 - Monday 17th September)

Information withheld.

Erskine Bridge Incident (07/32 - Friday 7th September)

The lifeboat was launched after Clyde Coastguard received a request for assistance from Strathclyde Police. A person was sitting on the parapet of Erskine Bridge drinking whisky! Although the lifeboat launched at 18:52 hrs, it was turned back shortly afterwards when the Police ‘rescued’ the casualty from the parapet and escorted him to safety.

Drifting Cabin Cruiser (07/31 - Monday 3rd September)

While out on the regular ‘First Monday of the Month’ night exercise, the boathouse was contacted by Clyde Coastguard and asked if the lifeboat could investigate a report of a drifting cabin cruiser sighted off Coronation Park, Port Glasgow. The Lifeboat Operations Manager agreed to the request and the lifeboat tasked with investigating. A 25’ green hulled cabin cruiser was found adrift at the reported locus, unmanned and with the below deck hatch locked. It looked as if the boat had broken from its mooring as there was a 1 metre length of rope attached to the bow. After discussing the situation with the Coastguard, it was agreed that the lifeboat would tow the vessel to Newark Castle and secure it to a free mooring. Once done, and the position reported to the Coastguard, the lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 21:30 hrs hrs.

Empty Inflatable Dinghy (07/30 - Monday 3rd September)

Clyde Coastguard paged the station Launching Authority after receiving a report from a member of the public that there was an empty inflatable dinghy floating somewhere between Rosneath and Helensburgh. After searching the area between Rosneath Point and Helensburgh, and with nothing found, further information was received from Clyde Coastguard that the 1st informant lived in Kilcreggan (i.e. round the other side of the Rosneath Peninsula). That being the case, the lifeboat made for Kilcreggan, and while en-route, was informed by the Kilcreggan Auxiliary Coastguard that he had spotted the dinghy. When located, it was found that the dinghy was almost deflated and ‘derelict’. The lifeboat picked it up and took it back to Rhu Marina, reporting ready for service again at 14:15 hrs.

False Alarm with Good Intent (07/29 - Saturday 1st Sepember)

This was a false alarm with good intent. A member of the public, residing at Dalmore House Helensburgh (close to the Helensburgh Sailing Club), thought that he could see a boat on fire in the general direction of Rosneath Caravan Park. He reported it to the Coastguard and provided them with a Lat and Long. Although the lifeboat launched and searched the area thoroughly, after speaking to the first informant, a Helensburgh Coastguard Auxiliary confirmed that what the first informant had seen was a street light reflecting off some part of a yacht moored off the Helensburgh Sailing Club.

Drifting Dinghy (07/28 - Sunday 26th August)

While the lifeboat was out on a routine training exercise, the crew were asked by Clyde Coastguard to investigate a drifting dinghy which had been spotted off Blairmore Pier. There was no sign of the dinghy in the immediate vicinity of the pier when the lifeboat arrived on-scene at 11:44 hrs however it was located due south of the reported position shortly after. As there was no sign of recent occupancy in the boat, it was towed to the Holy Loch Marina and made secure until the owner could be found. The lifeboat then returned to base.

Going Round in Circles (07/27 - Thursday 23rd August)

The station Launching Authority was contacted at 19:19 hrs by Clyde Coastguard and advised that there was a boat adrift off Newark Castle with two persons on board who looked as if they needed assistance. The Lifeboat Operations Manager paged the crew and the boat launched at 19:34 hrs. After arriving on scene, the lifeboat located the casualty, a 20’ motor cruiser. Although their engine was fully operational, the motor cruiser had steering problems (they could only go round in circles) and had therefore dropped their anchor to prevent drifting. The lifeboat took the casualty in tow and took them back to their mooring. After making the vessel secure on their mooring the crew of the cruiser made their own way ashore in their tender with the lifeboat standing by until they were safely ashore, after which time the lifeboat returned to base.

Lost! (07/26 - Wednesday 22nd August)

Clyde Coastguard phoned the station LA at 21:46 hrs after receiving a telephone call (via mobile phone) from two youths who had hit an underwater object while fishing off Rosneath Point, and had broken the engine’s shear pin. Their Avon rubber dinghy had drifted ashore and the boys had no idea where they were. The Coastguard were requesting assistance to locate them. The Lifeboat Operations Manager agreed to assist and paged the crew. While the crew was assembling, Clyde Coastguard managed to locate the boys. They had spotted the display of their mobile phone flashing some 1.3 miles away across the Clyde from their base in Greenock! When the lifeboat reached the locus, Pilot Cutter ‘Mount Stewart’ was on scene and relayed the boys exact position to the lifeboat. About the same time Kilcreggan Auxiliary Coastguard also appeared and confirmed that the boys were OK and that they had originated from Rosneath Caravan Park. As everything was under control, the lifeboat was released and returned to base. On this occasion, the lifeboat crew had taken a mobile phone with them and had the boys number to enable them to liaise directly.

Missing Person (07/25 - Wednesday 22nd August)

Clyde Coastguard contacted the station LA at 15:47 hrs to request lifeboat launch as there was a possibility that a person was missing from a dinghy found tied up to one of the RSYC’s racing marks. The RSYC boatman had called the Coastguard as he had found the dinghy tied to the mark and thought that there had been someone in it. As there was no sign of anyone in the vicinity, he raised the alert after towing the dinghy back to the sailing club. The dinghy appeared to be from ‘Daylight’*. The Deputy Launching Authority agreed to launch and the crew were paged. Once afloat, they proceeded to the locus, however while still en-route, they stopped a small white ski boat (‘Josephine’*) who confirmed that the dinghy was in fact owned by them and they had tied it the mark while water skiing. As the mystery of the missing person was solved to the satisfaction of the Coastguard, the lifeboat returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 16:23 hrs. When they finally got ashore, the crew of the ‘Josephine’* were duly chastised by Clyde Coastguard and told ‘not to do it again’. The Police RiB ‘Delta’ was also involved in the search and had been tasked with searching from Cloch Point to the RSYC.

(*) Names changed to protect the guilty!

Aground in the Leven (07/24 - Saturday 18th August)

The lifeboat crew were called after a report was received that there was a partially capsized vessel, with 3 persons on board, under the bridge in the River Leven at Westbridgend, Dumbarton. Although Fire and Rescue were present, they were unable to assist the crew of the vessel as it was grounded directly under the bridge. The lifeboat launched and proceded to the locus where they located the casualty, a steel hulled Tug/Workboat, lying at a somewhat precarious angle. As the casualty was grounded on the weir under the bridge, and with the tide still on the ebb, the lifeboat was unable to render any assistance at that time. Although Fire and Rescue had offered to evacuate the 2 persons on board onto the bridge by rope, they had refused and wished to remain with their vessel until it re-floated. Both were wearing buoyancy aids and in no immediate danger. As there had been very heavy rain and with the river in spate, it was agreed that it would prudent for the lifeboat to return when the casualty started to re-float in case it flooded or capsized, however as this was not going to be for several hours, it was agreed that the lifeboat would return to station and come back around 02:00 hrs when the vessel was likely to re-float. At 01:37 hrs, the lifeboat was launched again with a different crew and returned to assist the casualty. Upon arrival at the locus, the casualty was starting to refloat and was soon able to make her own way down river to Sandpoint Marina where she safely berthed, none the worse of being grounded. The lifeboat returned to station and was reported ready for service again at 04:05 hrs.

RIB Aground (07/23 - Saturday 11th August)

Clyde Coastguard contacted the Lifeboat Operations Manager after receiving a report from a member of the public that there was a large RIB aground on the sandbanks opposite the James Watt Dock. Eight persons were reported to be on board. The Lifeboat Operations Manager agreed to launch the lifeboat and assembled the crew. After launching at 17:57 hrs, the lifeboat proceeded to the reported locus however before reaching it, met the casualty in the river channel at port hand channel buoy number 4. The helm of the casualty vessel, the Drumchapel Adventure Group RIB, had underestimated the depth of water required when he had gone out of the channel and had briefly gone aground. Having got themselves afloat again, they were proceeding back to their base at Rhu Marina, none the worse of having gone aground. The lifeboat escorted them back to Rhu and reported ready for service again at 18:42 hrs.

Hoax Call (07/22 - Thursday 2nd August)

At 21:14hrs, Clyde Coastguard paged a ‘Launch Request’ signal after receiving a 999 call from someone who advised that there was a person in the water at Govan. The crew was paged and launched the lifeboat at 21:24 hrs. They proceeded to the locus where a thorough search of the area was conducted with two Fire and Rescue vessels in addition to Coastguard Shore Patrol units. At 22:26 hrs, with nothing found, Coastguard advised that they were happy for the lifeboat to return to base. While the search was on-going, the Lifeboat Operations Manager established that the first informant had apparently been a young boy who had disappeared after making the 999 call. It was generally agreed that this was a hoax.

Incident at Gourock (07/21 - Tuesday 31st July)

At 14:02 hrs, Clyde Coastguard paged the station Launching Authority to request lifeboat assistance as a body had been found in the water between Hunter’s Quay and Gourock. Coastguard wanted to conduct a search of the area as there was a current ferry ticket in the pocket of the casualty and they wanted to ensure that there was no-one else in the water. The lifeboat therefore launched at 14:12 and proceeded to the datum from which point they conducted an expanding square search. While doing so, they were joined by Rescue 177. After searching as far North as Blairmore - Cove, and with nothing found, the lifeboat proceeded to Dunoon where they then covered the CalMac ferry routes back to Gourock and then down to Kempock Point, the Western Ferry terminal. It was agreed that the area had been thoroughly searched and at 15:52 hrs the lifeboat returned to station.

Water and Smoke (07/20 - Saturday 28th July)

At 18:08 hrs, Clyde Coastguard paged a ‘Launch Request’ signal, followed by a ‘Launch ILB’, after receiving a report from staff at Rhu Marina that there was a vessel in the vicinity of the marina taking in water and with smoke in the engine compartment. Apparently the casualty had transmitted on low power with the result that the Coastguard had no further information. Shortly after launching, the lifeboat was advised by Clyde Coastguard that the casualty vessel was actually in the marina. The lifeboat located the vessel, a 25’ cabin cruiser’ (the ‘Jessie-Ann’) and determined that there had been an engine problem – now resolved. A problem with the engine cooling had been responsible for the water in the bilges and the smoke had been caused by the fan belt. As they were securely berthed and required no assistance, the lifeboat returned to station and was reported ready for service again at 18:42 hrs.

Incident at Erskine Bridge (07/19 - Monday 23rd July)

Information withheld.

Hydraulic Problems (07/18 - Saturday 21st July)

At 17:40 hrs, Clyde Coastguard paged the station Launching Authority to request lifeboat assistance as there was a Creel Fishing vessel disabled at the mouth of Loch Goil. Although assistance had also been requested from the CMU, Clyde Coastguard also requested RNLI assistance. The Lifeboat Operations Manager agreed and duly paged the crew. After launching at 17:51 hrs, the lifeboat proceeded to the locus where Police Boat 2 and a CMU RIB were on-scene with the casualty. The disabled vessel, the ‘Lorrine’, turned out to be a commercial fishing vessel with steering failure resulting from a hydraulic problem in addition to having a rope round the prop. The Police Launch had a line on the fishing vessel to keep it from going ashore. It was agreed that the line would be passed to the lifeboat who would tow the casualty to Blairmore. At 19:30 hrs, the lifeboat was in the vicinity of Blairmore where they passed the tow to fishing vessel, the ‘Tennacity’, which was helmed by the owner of the Lorrine. The lifeboat then returned to base and was reported ready for service again at 20:25 hrs.

Mayday (07/17 - Saturday 14th June)

A ‘Launch ILB’ signal was paged after a yacht in the vicinity of Rhu Marina put out a MAYDAY. The yacht crew had found themselves drifting onto rocks and being unable to start their engine, put out the MAYDAY. After launching, the lifeboat proceeded to the locus where the crew found the casualty being towed into deep water by a RIB that had picked up the MAYDAY. The casualty vessel had only just grounded when the RIB arrived on scene. The lifeboat took over from the RIB and towed the casualty to her own mooring in Rosneath Bay, thereafter returning to rescue base.

Fuel Problems Again (07/16 - Sunday 8th June)

At 23:24 hrs, after receiving a report that there was a vessel out of fuel in the River Clyde close to Dumbarton Castle (the cabin cruiser ‘Auld Mary’) the lifeboat crew was paged. Shortly after launching at 23:36 hrs, Clyde Coastguard advised that in addition to the two persons on board ‘Auld Mary’ there was a third person on port hand channel buoy number 56. He had apparently been trying to secure a line from the vessel to the buoy, had taken a tow rope with him however had not attached it to the boat! At 23:57 hrs, the lifeboat arrived on-scene and recovered the person attached to the channel buoy (who was wearing a life jacket). They then proceeded to the Auld Mary which was drifting in the channel down river. Having been advised before launching that the casualty had run out of fuel, the lifeboat had taken spare diesel fuel with them. The fuel was passed to the Auld Mary, and while the crew were trying to restart their engine, the lifeboat took the vessel in tow and proceeded towards Sand Point Marina. One lifeboat crew member was put on board the Auld Mary to take the helm while under tow. It soon became apparent however that the Auld Mary crew were going to be unable to start the engine, and it became necessary for the lifeboat to complete the tow to Sandpoint Marina in the River Leven where the vessel was secured. The lifeboat then returned to station and was reported ready for service again at 01:45 hrs.

Incident at Erskine Bridge (07/15 - Wednesday 20th June)

Information withheld.

Saved from Certain Death (07/14 - Monday 18th June)

At 00:41 hrs, after receiving a report that there was a person clinging to the stern of a boat in Cardwell Bay, the lifeboat was launched. Once in Cardwell Bay, they were guided to the casualty by a Greenock Auxiliary Coastguard. At 00:57 hrs, the crew found a middle aged male in the water at the stern of a yacht and being supported by another male who was in the boat. The casualty in the water was barely coherent and unable to hold on by himself. The person in the boat was exhausted and about to loose his grip which would undoubtedly have resulted in the casualty drowning. The lifeboat took both persons on board and provided the hypothermic casualty with oxygen as they made for shore and an awaiting ambulance. With both persons safely ashore, the lifeboat then returned to station and was reported ready for service again at 01:50 hrs.

Missing Person (07/13 - Sunday 17th June)

At 20:39 hours, Clyde Coastguard requested launch after they had received a report of a child in Victoria Harbour. After assembling, the crew launched the lifeboat at 20:46 hrs and proceeded to the locus, Victoria Harbour, where they arrived on-scene at 20:54 hrs. VHF radio traffic from Clyde Coastguard and Greenock Mobile suggested that this incident was part of an assault as a bloodied person was in the on-scene ambulance receiving attention for what was thought to be a knife wound. The assaulted person stated that he have ‘taken a swing’ at the person assaulting him at which point it was thought that the assailant had fallen in the water. Assisted by Rescue 177, the lifeboat searched Victoria Harbour and adjacent East India Dock thoroughly, and with nothing found, Rescue 177 was released at 21:56 hrs and the lifeboat at 22:02 hrs. Clyde Coastguard advised that the Police Divers had been called. The lifeboat was refuelled and was reported ready for service again at 22:40 hrs.

Distress Flares Sighted (07/12 - Thursday 14th June)

This shout was cancelled shortly after launch. The wife of the one of the helmsmen had sighted a distress flare being fired somewhere between Helensburgh and Greenock, and had reported it to the Coastguard. It transpired that the flare had been fired from a Warship at 17:32 hrs. This was confirmed by FOSNI Opps at Faslane at 18:03.

Adrift on the Leven (07/11 - Monday 11th June)

Clyde Coastguard contacted the Lifeboat Operations Manager at 23:30 hrs to advise that there was an upturned boat in the River Leven, close to the Artizan Bridge, with 6 persons clinging to the hull. After establishing that the tidal state would allow the lifeboat to reach the locus (i.e. it was near high tide and the casualty was below the weir in the River Leven), the Lifeboat Operations Manager agreed to page the crew and launch the lifeboat. At 23:39 hrs the lifeboat launched, arriving on scene at 00:01 hrs, where they found a 12’ tender with a non-operational outboard engine and 5 drunk males on board drifting in the river. The vessel was not upturned as had been originally reported. While approaching the casualty, the lifeboat crew spotted movement on another moored vessel. After towing the tender and its occupants ashore, where they were met by a very significant Police presence, the lifeboat crew returned to investigate the movement on the moored vessel. Another 2 drunk males were found trying to conceal themselves. The lifeboat crew took them ashore and landed them without incident. After doing so, the lifeboat returned to base.

Missing Canoeist (07/10 - Saturday 9th June)

At 02:51 hrs, a Launch ILB signal was paged as a report of a possible missing canoeist off Kilcreggan had been received. After assembling, the crew launched at 03:03 hrs and proceeded to the locus. While en-route, Clyde Coastguard advised them that they had a possible sighting of the casualty from Navy Buildings (where Clyde Coastguard are based), and directed the lifeboat towards it. At 03:10 hrs , the lifeboat confirmed that they has the casualty in sight; this turned out to be a 6’ white tender with one person on board with one oar. After persuading the casualty, an inebriated 15 year old youth, to come on board the lifeboat, the lifeboat took the tender in tow and then proceeded to Kilcreggan pier where they waited for the Police and Ambulance to appear. The Ambulance appeared first, and after checking the casualty out and confirming that he was none the worse of his experience, apart from being ‘socially inhibited’, handed him over to the Police. While this was going on, the lifeboat recovered and made secure another dinghy which was drifting off the pier. With the situation under control, the lifeboat then returned to base where it was reported to be ready for service again at 04:21 hrs.

Incident at Erskine Bridge (07/09 - Monday 28th May)

Information withheld.

Engine failure (07/08 - Sunday 27th May)

At 19:42 hrs, Clyde Coastguard paged the station Launching Authority to request launch as a vessel off McInroy’s Point was requesting assistance. No further details were available at that time. The Lifeboat Operations Manager agreed to launch the lifeboat and paged the crew at 19:44 hrs. Shortly after launching, the lifeboat was advised by the Coastguard that the casualty was an 18’ yacht with sail number 1839 which was now apparently off the Hunter’s Quay ferry terminal. The lifeboat located the casualty without difficulty and established that they had suffered engine failure. With no wind, the lifeboat agreed to tow the yacht back to Cardwell Bay where it was normally moored. This they did and reported to the Coastguard at 20:47 hrs that the yacht was safely back on its mooring and would return to base once the crew of the yacht were safely ashore. The lifeboat left Cardwell Bay at 20:53 hrs and returned to base where they reported ready for service again at 21:24 hrs.

Aground on the Tail of the Bank (07/07 - Tuesday 15th May)

At 16:22 hrs, Clyde Coastguard contacted the Deputy Launching Authority to request lifeboat assistance as a vessel had gone aground at the ‘tail of the bank’. The Deputy Launching Authority agreed to assist and the crew were paged. At 16:43 the lifeboat was alongside the ‘Rhonda E’ a 32’ converted lifeboat. As the casualty had grounded and was taking in water, the lifeboat crew used their salvage pump however it became apparent that the leak was major and that a larger pump would be required. The lifeboat then proceeded to Baron’s Point where they collected a pump from the ‘Laura M’ , one of GSS’s workboats. By 18:53, the lifeboat was back alongside the Rhonda E, however, despite using both pumps, it soon became apparent that the casualty vessel would have to be abandoned as the River Clyde was coming in faster than it could be pumped out.. When the Rhonda E had grounded, it had struck rocks which had initially only punctured the outer wooden hull. On the ebbing tide when the vessel settled, the rocks had then punctured the inner steel hull. At 19:13, the lifeboat proceeded to the James Watt Dock with the Rhonda E crew and the salvageable gear. Once they had been landed, the lifeboat returned to base. The Laura M’s pump was returned the next day. At 20:51 hrs, the lifeboat was reported to be ready for service again.

Aground on the Green Isle (07/06 - Friday 27th April)

At about 16:30 hrs, Clyde Coastguard phoned the Lifeboat Operations Manager to advise that there was a vessel aground on the ‘Green Isle’ and that it may be necessary to request the services of the lifeboat later on that evening when she re-floated in the event that the wind did not die down. The Lifeboat Operations Manager advised Clyde Coastguard that he was already aware of the situation with the vessel and agreed to liaise with them later on that evening about it. After calculating the likely re-float time, the Lifeboat Operations Manager and the Senior Helm agreed that a crew would be telephoned if necessary rather than send out a general alert page. The lifeboat launched at 18:29 hrs and proceeded to the locus. The crew of the ‘Osprey’ had inspected the hull while she was aground and were satisfied that the only minor damage seemed to be to the prop. ‘Osprey’ re-floated without lifeboat assistance at 19:04 hrs, and, escorted by the lifeboat, returned to Rhu Marina under her own power, arriving at 19:16 hrs. The lifeboat reported ready for service again at 19:27 hrs.

Don't Drink and Swim (07/05 - Monday 23rd April)

A ‘Launch ILB’ signal was sent out at 18:43 hrs after a report was received that there was a person in the water at Newark Castle, apparently swimming towards Cardross. The person in the water was believed to be wearing a diving suit. His colleague on shore had lost sight of him and had raised the alert (barely coherent when reporting the incident). After assembling, the crew launched the lifeboat at 18:49 hrs and proceeded to the locus where they liaised with Greenock Mobile. Clyde Coastguard advised that Rescue 177 would be arriving on-scene shortly. At 19:08 hrs the lifeboat commenced a parallel track search out from Newark Castle towards Cardross. Further information was received at this time from the Coastguard that the person was apparently heading out to a vessel which had drifted off and was trying to recover it. At 19:15 hrs, the lifeboat reported that they had the casualty in sight and a couple of minutes later that they had him on board. The lifeboat requested that an ambulance be present at Newark and also the Police. With the casualty safely ashore at 19:24, seemingly OK and refusing medical attention (and having a ‘chat’ with the Police), the lifeboat proceeded to Ardmore Bay where they recovered the drifting vessel. After landing it at Newark, the lifeboat returned to base where they reported ready for service again at 20:25 hrs. The casualty was wearing a dry suit, had fins and a stab vest when found. It also appeared that the pair had had a little ‘light refreshment’.

Fuel Problems Again (07/04 - Sunday 15th April)

At 16:39 hrs, Clyde Coastguard paged the station Launching Authorities to advise that there was a vessel out of fuel at the Erskine Bridge (cabin cruiser - the ‘Auld Mary’). As no other vessels were available, the Coastguard asked the Lifeboat Operations Manager if the lifeboat would be prepared to assist. The lifeboat launched at 16:49 hrs and proceeded to the locus where the crew located the vessel aground on the north side of the river close to Port Hand buoy #78. In addition the two persons on board, a friend of the owner was also present – he had arrived by road and had brought the Auld Mary fuel. At 17:48 hrs, the lifeboat advised the Coastguard that the casualty had sorted their fuel problem, their engine was running again and they intended to continue their passage up river when they were afloat again. The lifeboat crew had deployed the Auld Mary’s anchor to enable the casualty to hold position on the flooding tide. After passing this information to the Coastguard, the lifeboat returned to station where they reported ready for service again at 18:35 hrs.

Jamaica Bridge Incident (07/03 - Wednesday 11th April)

At 22:08 hrs, Clyde Coastguard telephoned the station Lifeboat Operations Manager to advise that there was a male person hanging onto a ladder at the Jamaica Bridge, Glasgow. Fire and Rescue had requested lifeboat support. The Lifeboat Operations Manager agreed to launch and duly paged the crew who had the boat in the water at 23:08 hrs. Further details of the incident were passed to all units by Clyde Coastguard at 23:13 hrs; apparently the casualty was now half submerged in the water and was refusing to come out! At 23:30 hrs however, Clyde Coastguard advised all units to stand down and return to base as that the casualty had been ‘rescued’ from the river.

Fuel problems (07/02 - Sunday 8th April)

At 17:21 hrs, Clyde Coastguard phoned the Lifeboat Operations Manager to request lifeboat assistance as they had had a report that a motor cruiser had apparently broken down in the River Clyde channel off the old Kingston slip. The Lifeboat Operations Manager agreed to launch the lifeboat and paged the crew. After assembling, the crew launched at 17:31 hrs and proceeded to the locus where they found the casualty temporarily secured to a mooring (the ‘Auld Mary’, a 20’ – 25’ motor cruiser). Two members of the public in a dinghy had rendered initial assistance. The ‘Auld Mary’ had engine failure; believed to be a fuel problem. As the crew of the Auld Mary were heading for the River Cart (Paisley), and had a rubber dinghy with outboard to get them ashore if necessary, they stated that they were quite happy remaining where they were until they had resolved their fuel problem. Once the Auld Mary was firmly secured to the mooring, and the relevant details obtained, the lifeboat returned to base where they reported ready for service again at 18:28 hrs.

Incident at King George V Bridge (07/01 - Saturday 3rd March)

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