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On passage to Kilcreggan - shout # 11/10 (click image for details)

2011 Service Calls

Cancelled Launch - Man in Water at Greenock Waterfront (Tuesday 13th December at 21:45 hrs)

At 21:45 hrs the lifeboat crew was paged as Clyde Coastguard had received a report that there was a man in the water at the Greenock waterfront. While the crew was assembling however, the shout was cancelled as Fire & Rescue had managed to get the casualty out of the water by undertaking a shoreside rescue.

11/33 - Vessel Requiring Assistance? - Cove (Wed 30th Nov at 12:10 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard paged a 'Launch Request' at 12:03 hrs after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public who reported that a workboat, the 'Mighty Mo', appeared to be adrift and heading ashore in the vicinity of the Cove Sailing Club. Shortly after launch however, the ILB crew was asked to return to base as Kilcreggan Coastguard had managed to contact the crew of the vessel by mobile phone and had established that they were in no difficulty and did not require any assistance. The ILB therefore returned to base and reported ready for service again at 12:24 hrs

11/32 - Children cut off by tide - Helensburgh (Mon 24th Oct at 17:10 hrs)

The RNLI's Helensburgh Lifeboat was launched at 17:10 hrs after Clyde Coastguard received a report that there were two children on the beach in front of Dino's cafe, Helensburgh, cut off by the incoming tide. Shortly after launch however, the lifeboat was asked to return to base as the boys had managed to get ashore safely; none the worse apart from only being wet up to their knees! Apparently the two boys had been looking for eels. The ILB was reported to be ready for service again at 17:31 hrs.

11/31 - Report of Man in Water at Greenock Esplanade (Mon 24th Oct at 12:59 hrs)

After receiving a report that a man may have fallen into the water at Greenock Esplanade, Clyde Coastguard contacted the station Operations Manager to request that the lifeboat assist with searching for him. The first informant had reported seeing a man sitting on the railings at the Esplanade, and when looking again shortly afterwards, noted that the man had disappeared from view. The ILB therefore launched at 12:59 hrs and proceeded to the area, where, along with Coastguard Mobiles and a Police Helicopter, conducted a thorough search of the area. As nothing was found, the search was called off at 13:38 hrs.; the ILB returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 14:05 hrs.

11/30 - Cries for Help Heard - Helensburgh Seafront (Sat 22nd Oct at 04:58 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard requested ILB launch at 04:48 hrs after receiving a report that cries for help had been heard from the water in front of Clyde Street School (Helensburgh). The lifeboat was launched and proceeded to the scene, where, with the assistance of the Helensburgh Coastguard Team, a thorough search of the area was conducted, during which 3 illumination flares were fired. At 05:53 hrs, with nothing found, the search was called off and the ILB requested to return to base.

The lifeboat was reported ready for service again at 06:20 hrs.

11/29 - Vessel Aground on the Pillar Bank (Thurs 13th Oct at 17:59 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 17:54 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the crew of a 15' cabin cruiser ('Natalina') that had gone aground on the Pillar Bank; the vessel had no VHF radio therefore the request for assistance was made by mobile phone. After crew assembly, the lifeboat was launched at 17:59 hrs. As the initial report stated that the vessel was aground on the Cardross side of the Pillar Bank, the lifeboat approached from Ardmore however once on scene, it became apparent, that to get anywhere near the casualty, the approach would have to be made from the River Clyde channel side of the Pillar Bank. As it was approaching low tide, with the assistance of Helensburgh Coastguard, a transit line was established which allowed 2 of the lifeboat crew to walk, wade and swim from the lifeboat to the casualty. Once on scene, the lifeboat crew established that the three crew of the cabin cruiser were well and happy to wait for their boat to re-float; they had been fishing and had gone aground while apparently "chasing a shoal". After laying out an anchor, the lifeboat crew made their way back to the lifeboat and then returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 20:10 hrs.

11/28 - Lifeboat goes to aid of Dinghy Sailor (Wed 28th Sept at 13:11 hrs)

At 13:10 hrs, Clyde Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat to go to the assistance of a dingy sailor in difficulty off Port Glasgow. The lifeboat launched at 13:19 hrs and proceeded to the area where the lifeboat crew located a GP14 sailing dingy; with the freshening winds, the dinghy was being blown over the sandbanks towards Cardross. The vessel was taken in tow by the lifeboat and returned to Newark Castle, Port Glasgow. Although well equipped and experienced in inland waterways, the dinghy sailor had not been able to counter the freshening winds in the Clyde.

11/27 - Missing Female - Hoax Call (Thurs. 1st Sept. at 16:02 hrs)

The lifeboat crew was paged at 15:52 hrs after Strathclyde Police requested RNLI assistance; they had received a telephone call reporting that a female was missing in the Levengrove Park area (Dumbarton). The lifeboat was launched and proceeded to Dumbarton however shortly after arriving, the ILB crew was asked to stand down as the incident was confirmed to be a hoax; an 8 year-old girl was apprehended by the Police!

11/26 - Sinking Motor Sailor (Sun. 28th Aug. at 12:03 hrs)

While out on a routine training exercise, the lifeboat crew was contacted by Clyde Coastguard who had received a 999 call informing that there was a vessel sinking in the vicinity of Rosneath Caravan Park. When the ILB arrived on scene they found the vessel almost awash with another small vessel unsuccessfully attempting to tow it ashore. ILB crew manage to 'nudge' the sinking Motor Sailor into shallow water at the Caravan Park where the vessel's owner and Kilcreggan Coastguard took over. After putting a line from the vessel ashore, the ILB returned to base.

11/25 - Yacht Aground in Stroul Bay (Sat. 27th Aug. at 16:33 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard was contacted by the owner of the yacht 'Val'; he was seeking assistance as the yacht had gone aground on a falling tide. The lifeboat was therefore launched and proceeded to the area where, as reported, they found the 31' yacht aground on the shore. As the tide was still on the ebb, the lifeboat crew laid out the yacht's anchor and took two of vessel's crew back to Rhu Marina until the vessel re-floated; the owner was quite happy to stay on board until such time. Later that evening the yacht safely re-floated and was sailed her back to Rhu Marina by her owner.

11/24 - Man in Water at Newark Castle (Monday 15th Aug. at 18:51 hrs)

After receiving a report that there was a man in the water at Newark Castle (Port Glasgow), the crew was paged and the lifeboat launched; it was understood that the man could not swim. When approaching Newark Castle however the crew was asked to stand down and return to base as the man had been recovered from the river and was safely ashore. As he was showing symptoms of hypothermia, he was being taken to hospital for treatment. The ILB was reported ready for service again at 19:22 hrs.

Cancelled Launch - Persons in Water at Clydebank (Saturday 13th August at 14:10 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard requested lifeboat Launch after receiving a request for assistance from Strathclyde Police; apparently 2 persons were reported to be in the water at Clydebank on the River Clyde. As the crew were assembling and preparing to launch, the shout was cancelled after word was received that the 2 persons had been rescued.

11/23 - Vessel Aground on Cockle Bank (Monday 8th August, 2011, at 15:05 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard put out a Launch Request at 14:56 hrs after a report was received that there was a 38' converted fishing vessel aground on the Cockle Bank; the Coastguard wished to confirm that all was well with the vessel and crew. After launching at 15:05 hrs, the ILB proceeded to the area where they found the 'Harmony Row' aground on the Cockle Bank as reported. The vessels engines and crew were ok and as it was a flood tide the vessel was almost afloat; that being the case the lifeboat stood by after deploying the Harmony Row's anchor to hold position. At 16:15 hrs, the ILB crew reported that the vessel was afloat, and after escorting it back into the river channel, returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 17:01 hrs. Harmony Row had been on passage from Rhu to Bowling.

11/22 - Man Jumps Into River Leven (Sunday 7th August, 2011, at 22:06 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 22:06 hrs after they received a report that there was a man in the River Leven opposite the Waterside Inn. The man was thought to have jumped over the guard rail into the river after having an altercation with the Police. The ILB proceeded to the area where, along with a Royal Navy Rescue Helicopter Rescue and Clyde Coastguard mobiles, a thorough search of the river and banks was conducted with nothing found. While the search was on-going however, further information was received that the man had climbed out of the river himself therefore the search was called off. The ILB was back on station and ready for service again at 23:36 hrs.

11/21 - Motor Yacht Adrift (Wednesday 3rd August, 2011, at 20:52 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 20:52 hrs as they had received a report of a vessel dragging its anchor at the mouth of Loch Goil. After launching at 21:02 hrs, the lifeboat proceeded to Loch Goil where the crew found the casualty, a 10 metre motor yacht, adrift as reported; it was suspected that the casualty had fuel problems, and with no sails on board, were just drifting. The lifeboat towed the vessel to nearby Carrick Castle where it was secured to a vacant mooring, after which the crew of the motor yacht were conveyed back to Rosneath. The ILB then returned to station, reporting ready for service again at 23:13 hrs.

11/20 - Lifeboat Aids Stranded Vessels (Sunday 31st July, 2011, at 18:32 hrs)

At 18:24 hrs, Clyde Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat to assist a yacht that had gone aground on the Pillar Bank opposite Port Glasgow. While on passage to the grounded yacht, the lifeboat crew came across a cruiser also aground on the Cockle Bank. As the tide was low, lifeboat crew members walked across the sand banks to check both vessels to ensure that the crews were safe. After doing so, and laying out an anchor for the yacht, it was agreed that the crews (4 youths on the cruiser and 2 men on the yacht) would remain on their respective vessels until they re-floated. It was planned that the lifeboat would be launched again at 21:30 hrs to check that the two vessels had re-floated safely, however shortly before re-launch, the Coastguard contacted the station to advise that both vessels had re-floated without incident.

11/19 - Incident at Erskine Bridge (Thursday 28th July, 2011, at 12:59 hrs)

RNLI Helensburgh Lifeboat was launched at 12:59 hrs to a confirmed report of a person having fallen from the Erskine Bridge. Shortly after launching however, the ILB was asked to return to base as a body had been recovered by Fire & Rescue.

Cancelled Launch - Capsized Dinghy (Sunday 17th July at 17:32 hrs)

The lifeboat crew were paged after information was received that there was a capsized dinghy in the vicinity of the James Watt Dock, Port Glasgow. As the lifeboat crew were assembling in the boathouse however the 'shout' was cancelled as the crew of the dinghy had managed to right it themselves.

Cancelled Launch - Men in Water at Dunoon (Sunday 17th July at 02:17 hrs)

At 02:15 hrs, Clyde Coastguard requested launch after information was received that there were two men in the water at Dunoon. Shortly after the crew were paged however the 'shout' was cancelled as the Police in Dunoon had resolved the situation.

Cancelled Launch - Man in Water at Gourock Pier (Friday 15th July at 14:06 hrs)

At 14;06 hrs, Clyde Coastguard requested launch after information was received that there was a man in the water at Gourock Railway Station (i.e. Gourock Pier). The crew assembled however before the boat could be launched, Clyde Coastguard put out a Cancel Launch signal as a member of the public had jumped into the water and had helped to recover the man.

11/18 - Yacht adrift (Tuesday 12th July, 2011, at 12:22 hrs)

While out on exercise, the ILB crew was contacted by Clyde Coastguard who advised that a 24' yacht was adrift off Rosneath Point with engine problems; the yacht's crew had reported that their engine was overheating. Clyde Coastguard advised that the MCA vessel 'Hawk' was also proceeding. At 12:30 hrs, the ILB crew reported that they were alongside the yacht 'Sea Eagle' which basically required to be towed back to Rhu Marina as they had had total engine failure. As the 'MCA Hawk' was escorting the 'Tall Ships', the ILB crew agreed to tow the yacht back to Rhu. At 13:24 hrs, the ILB crew advised Clyde Coastguard that 'Sea Eagle' was safely berthed back in Rhu Marina.

11/17 - Capsized Rowing Scull (Friday 24th June, 2011, at 18:15 hrs)

Helensburgh RNLI lifeboat was launched at 18:21 hrs after Clyde Coastguard received a report that there was a man in the water close to the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club, Greenock, after his rowing scull had capsized. When the lifeboat crew arrived on scene at 18:30 hrs, they found the casualty, still in the water, being supported by the crew of a rowing boat that had gone to his assistance; a yacht was also standing by. The crew of the rowing boat had been unable to get the man out of the water without capsizing themselves. After taking the casualty on board the lifeboat, the crew landed him at the Royal Western Boat Club slip where an ambulance crew was waiting to check him out; although the man was alert, he was very cold after having been in the water for an estimated 30 minutes. Once the casualty was safely ashore, the ILB returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 19:10 hrs.

11/16 - Cut off by the tide (Sunday 19th June, 2011, at 12:22 hrs)

At 12:28 hours Helensburgh Lifeboat was launched after Clyde Coastguard received a 999 call from a man cut off by the rising tide on the sandbanks at Ardoch (between Cardross & Dumbarton). The man had been out walking his dog 'Benson' when he found that he was unable to return to shore and realizing his predicament, had very wisely phoned the Coastguard. While the Lifeboat was on passage, Coastguard Auxiliary Ian Marshall managed to wade out to the man, who, by now was up to his waist in water and supporting Benson, who could not swim. At 12:49 hours the Lifeboat was on scene and took the man, dog and Coastguard on board. The man, apart from being wet and cold, was none the worst of his immersion. An ambulance was waiting at Rhu Marina to check him when he was landed at 13:16 hours. The Lifeboat was ready for service again at 13:35 hours.

11/15 - Incident at Erskine Bridge (Thursday 16th June, 2011, at 01:14 hrs)

RNLI Helensburgh Lifeboat was launched at 01:14 hrs to a confirmed report of a person having fallen from the Erskine Bridge. Along with Coastguard Volunteers and a Fire & Rescue vessel, a detailed shoreline and afloat search was carried out, but with nothing found, the search was called off for the night and the lifeboat asked to return to base.

11/14 - Female and dog in water (Sunday 12th June, 2011, at 13:01 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat crew was paged at 13:01 hrs after a report was received that there was a female in the water at Dumbarton trying to catch her dog which had apparently been chasing swans. Shortly after launching however the launch was cancelled as the female had managed to catch her dog and had return to shore unaided.

Cancelled Launch - Incident at Dunoon Pier (Saturday 11th June, 2011, at 23:37 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard paged the station Operations Manager at 23:37 hrs as the Police were requesting lifeboat assistance at Dunoon Pier. Although the crew was paged, the shout was cancelled before the lifeboat could be launched : a female was taken into Police custody.

11/13 - Yacht Aground (Thursday 9nd June, 2011, at 08:52 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard phoned the station Operations Manager at 08:52 hrs to advise that they had been contacted by the crew of a 26' white hulled yacht that had gone aground on what was thought to be 'Dumbuck Beacon' (up river from the mouth of the River Leven). Although the yacht 'Serena' had a bilge keel, with the tide on the ebb, the yacht's crew were concerned about the firmness of the river bed where they had gone aground. The lifeboat crew was duly paged and the ILB launched. Once on scene, 'Serena' was located just out of the navigable river channel. One of the ILB crew checked the stability of the ground where the yacht had gone aground, and after confirming that all was well and that the yacht's crew were happy to remain on board until the yacht re-floated, the ILB crew layed out the yacht's anchor before returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 10:40 hrs. The yacht Serena had been on passage from the Tyneside to the Holy Loch via the Forth and Clyde Canal. She safely re-floated shortly before 17:00 hrs.

11/12 - Medical Evacuation (Thursday 2nd June, 2011, at 21:24 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard requested ILB launch at 21:24 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the yacht 'Island Hopper'. A crew member on board had radioed the Coastguard to advise that her husband had taken ill and required medical attention; the yacht 'Island Hopper' was on its mooring at Clynder. The ILB crew was paged and the boat launched at 21:31 hrs. Some 4 minutes later the ILB was alongside the 'Island Hopper'. After assessing the casualty's condition, the ILB crew conveyed the casualty and his wife back to Rhu Marina where an ambulance was waiting to transfer him to hospital. The ILB was back on station and ready for service again at 22:03 hrs.

The ILB crew had the casualty ashore and in the care of the ambulance crew within 23 minutes of the initial request to launch.

11/11 - Person in Capsized Dinghy (Wednesday 25th May, 2011, at 08:58 hrs)

The RNLI Helensburgh lifeboat was launched at 09:06 hrs after a report was received that there was a person in the water at Gourock; apparently a man had fallen into the water after his inflatable dinghy had capsized while he was either trying to get on or off his yacht. As a result of Clyde Coastguard putting out a 'Mayday', several other assets had responded, including Royal Navy warships, a Royal Navy Rescue helicopter, one of a Western Ferries car ferry, a GSS Workboat, and a Royal Navy Police launch. When the ILB arrived on scene at 09:19 hrs, the crew of the Police Launch 'Eagle' were alongside the dinghy from which the man had fallen and were in the process of getting him out of the water. The casualty was taken on board the Police Launch briefly before being taken ashore to an awaiting ambulance by the lifeboat crew; the man was cold but apparently none the worse of being in the water. Fortunately, the casualty was wearing a self inflating life jacket. Once he was safely ashore, the ILB crew recovered the capsized dinghy and then returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 10:11 hrs.

11/10 - Concern for person in dinghy (Monday 23rd May, 2011, at 21:57 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard telephoned the station Operations Manager at 21:46 hrs to discuss two ongoing incidents; one was involving a 40' ketch that had broken from it's mooring and which was drifting onto the shore at Kilcreggan, and the other relating to a small grey dinghy with one person on board, heading towards Kilcreggan from Gourock. As the Coastguard understood that there was no-one on board the drifting yacht, it was agreed that priority had to be given to the person in the grey dinghy. Although the wind strength had been gusting to F10 earlier in the afternoon (Storm Force conditions), it had moderated to about F6 at that time. The crew was duly paged, weather conditions assessed and launch approved. Shortly after launching, Clyde Coastguard advised the ILB crew that the dinghy was now believed to be 100 metres from Kilcreggan and heading towards the drifting yacht. At 22;05 hrs, the ILB crew advised that they were on scene and assessing the situation; it appeared that there were two inflatable dinghys beside the yacht 'Snowstar', the one that had come over from Gourock with the yacht's owner on board, and another with 2 persons on board that had rowed out from Kilcreggan. The yacht 'Snowstar' had apparently broken from its mooring at the Royal Gourock Yacht Club and drifted over to Kilcreggan. After the ILB crew put out the yacht's anchor to prevent it going further aground and making the vessel secure, the ILB stood by until all three persons were safely ashore at Kilcreggan. It was the owner's intention to return at high water in order to recover the yacht. The ILB returned to base and reported ready for service again at 23:04 hrs.

Cancelled Launch - Fishing Vessel (Sunday 15th May, 2011, at 12:52 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard phoned the station Operations Manager to advise that a fishing vessel had a rope around its prop at Ashton (Gourck) and required assistance. Although the crew was paged, the shout was cancelled before the lifeboat could be launched as another vessel in the area assisted the casualty.

11/09 - Man walks into Water - Dumbarton (Thursday 5th May, 2011, at 18:42 hrs)

This was another false alarm with good intent raised by a member of the public at Westcliffe Dumbarton. The lifeboat was launched at 18:42 hrs after a report was received that a man had walked into the water at Havock, Dumbarton. However when nearly on-scene, the lifeboat crew was advised that the man was fishing and in no difficulty. As the visibility was poor and the man was at least 500 metres from dry land and very close to the channel, it is easy to understand how this false alarm arose.

11/08 - Man walks into Water - Port Glasgow (Tuesday 3rd May, 2011, at 19:31 hrs)

This was a false alarm with good intent raised by a member of the public in Port Glasgow. The RNLI Helensburgh lifeboat was launched at 19:31 hrs after a report was received that a man was walking into the water close to Woodhall Station, Port Glasgow. However when arriving at the scene, the crew discovered that the man was simply fishing and in no difficulty. A Police helicopter and a Coastguard Mobile Unit were also involved. The ILB returned to base and reported ready for service again at 20:27 hrs.

11/07 - Man in Water - Helensburgh Seafront (Thursday 28th April, 2011, at 01:31 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 01:23 hrs after receiving a report that a man had entered the water at Helensburgh Pier with the intention of swimming to Greenock. The lifeboat was duly launched however when arriving on scene, was asked to return to base as the situation had been resolved by the Police and Coastguard. A man was being checked out by an ambulance crew. The ILB returned to base and reported ready for service again at 02:08 hrs.

11/06 - Vessel Aground (Sunday 24th April, 2011, at 21:37 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard contacted the Lifeboat Operations Manager at 21:27 hrs after receiving a report that there was a 26' motor cruiser aground on the sandbanks between Port Glasgow and Ardmore. The ILB crew was paged and lifeboat launched at 21:37 hrs. With the assistance of Police Launch 'Mull', the casualty vessel 'Dunkirk' was located high and dry in the middle of the sandbanks. After confirming that the crew of the grounded vessel were well and that it was undamaged, it was agreed that the lifeboat would return at about 04:00 hrs by which time it had been calculated that 'Dunkirk' would be afloat. The lifeboat launched again at 03:55 hrs and with 'Dunkirk' afloat and her engine running normally, the ILB led her back into the navigable channel and left her to continue her passage up river. The ILB returned to base and was reported to be ready for service again at 05:20 hrs.

11/05 - Boys cut off by tide (Sunday 17th April, 2011, at 20:09 hrs)

The lifeboat crew was paged at 20:30 hrs on Sunday after a report was received from a member of the public that two boys were stranded on 'Crab Island', Dumbarton. As the tide was on the flood, the two boys were cut off from the shore and in clear danger. After a fast crew assembly, the ILB was launched at 20:37. At 20:55 hrs the ILB was on scene however it was asked to stand by by Clyde Coastguard, along with a Royal Navy helicopter which was also involved, as a member of the Helensburgh Coastguard team had waded out to the stranded persons and was leading them to safety. All resources involved were asked to stand down at 21:02 once confirmation had been received that the boys were safely ashore. The ILB returned to base and reported ready for service again at 21:40 hrs.

Aircraft Emergency (Monday 11th April, 2011, at 09:09 hrs)

A full emergency was declared when a commercial aircraft, inbound to Glasgow Airport, reported Control Problems. As is the case in these situations, Clyde Coastguard contacted the Launching Authority to request ILB launch in the event that the aircraft had to ditch in the River Clyde, however as the lifeboat was being launched, the crew was asked to stand down as the aircraft had landed safely.

11/04 - Incident at Erskine Bridge (Tuesday 5th April, 2011, at 12:59 hrs)

Information withheld.

11/03 - Yacht Adrift (Sunday 3rd April, 2011, at 16:47 hrs)

Helensburgh ILB was launched at 16:47 hrs after the owner of a 25' yacht contacted Clyde Coastguard to request assistance; apparently the yacht's engine had developed problems while the vessel was on passage from Kip to Rhu and the yacht was adrift. After locating the yacht off Rosneath Point, the lifeboat towed it back to Rhu Marina. After recovery and re-fuelling, the ILB was reported ready for service again at 17:44 hrs.

11/02 - Incident at Erskine Bridge (Sunday 20th March, 2011, at 16:10 hrs)

Man taken into Police custody.

11/01 - Man in Water - James Watt Dock (Mon 28th February, 2011, at 17:29 hrs)

RNLI Helensburgh Lifeboat was launched at 17:29 hrs after Clyde Coastguard received a report from the Police that there was a someone in the water shouting for help at the James Watt Dock, Port Glasgow. The lifeboat crew was advised that a witness had seen a man on the quay and then shortly after had seen him swimming across the dock to where a ferry was tied alongside; apparently the man was last seen attempting to climb onto the ferry. The ILB crew searched the area around the ferry where the man was last seen and then extended the search around the other vessels tied alongside and in the general dock area. Coastguard mobile units and a rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet were also involved in the search. At 18:40 hrs, with nothing found, the ILB was asked to stand down and return to base.

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