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2012 Service Calls

12/22 - Rubber Dinghy Adrift (Friday 30th November at 14:39 hrs)

While on passage back to station (from incident 12/21), Belfast Coastguard contacted the ILB crew again and asked them to investigate a report of a submerged RIB which had been sighted close to the Cardross Buoy by the Port Tender vessel 'Torch'. After liaising with 'Torch', the ILB crew reported that it was an old rubber dinghy that looked as if it had drifted off a shore. After returning to base and refuelling, the ILB was reported to be ready for service again at 15:33 hrs.

12/21 - Female in Water (Friday 30th November at 12:59 hrs)

At 12:59 hrs, Belfast Coastguard phoned the station Operations Manager to request lifeboat launch as they had received a report of a female in the water at Erskine Bridge. Following launch, the ILB crew proceeded to the area where they conducted a thorough search, aided by a Rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet and a Coastguard mobile team. At 14:33 hrs, all involved were asked to stand down as the police had established that the female was safe and well. That being the case the lifeboat made passage back to station.

12/20 - Engine Problems (Saturday 6th October at 11:47 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard paged a 'Launch Request' signal at 11:47 hrs after information was received that there was a vessel adrift off Clynder in the Gareloch. The yacht 'Snowfair' had been on passage from Faslane to Silver's Boatyard at Rosneath when the fan belt had broken and the engine had overheated. The lifeboat was duly launched and after locating the casualty, took it in tow to Silver's Yard. After making it secure the lifeboat returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 12:35 hrs.

12/19 - Man in Water - Renton (Tuesday 2nd October at 14:20 hrs)

The lifeboat was launched at 14:20 hrs after receiving a request from the Police in Renton to assist with an incident on the River Leven. The lifeboat crew proceeded to the scene where they stood by until the incident was resolved. The ILB returned to base at 14:51 hrs and reported ready for service again at 15:37 hrs.

12/18 - Report of Man in Water (Monday 1st October at 11:09 hrs)

The Helensburgh Lifeboat Crew was paged at 11:09 hrs after information was received from Clyde Coastguard that there was a man in the River Leven close to the Golf Club. When the lifeboat was approaching the Leven however the crew was asked to stand down and return to base as the Fire & Rescue Service had recovered a body. The ILB was reported ready for service again at 12:17hrs.

Cancelled Launch - Female in Water (Friday 28th September at 21:32 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 21:32 hrs after receiving information from the Police that there was a female in the water at the Greenock Waterfront. Although the lifeboat crew was paged, the shout was cancelled before the lifeboat could be launched as the Police had managed to get the female out of the water.

12/17 - Aircraft Emergency Declared (Wednesday 26th September at 09:47 hrs)

At 09:47 hrs, Clyde Coastguard requested Lifeboat Launch as a Full Aircraft Emergency had been declared by Glasgow Airport - a commercial aircraft with 47 persons on board had reported engine problems. The lifeboat was duly launched however shortly after was requested to return to base as the aircraft had landed safely. The lifeboat was reported ready for service again at 10:54 hrs.

Cancelled Launch - Vessel Aground (Saturday 8th September at 12:36 hrs)

At 12:36 hrs, Clyde Coastguard requested that the lifeboat launch to investigate a small cabin cruiser that appeared to be aground on the Cockle Bank: there was some doubt as to whether there was anyone on-board or whether it had broken free from its mooring. While the lifeboat crew was assembling Clyde Coastguard establish that there was someone on board the boat and he did not require any assistance. The lifeboat crew was asked to stand down at 12:41 hrs.

12/16 - Red Flares Sighted (Friday 31st August at 20:23 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 20:23 hrs after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public who reported that there was a red hulled vessel 'possibly on fire' between Dumbarton and Langbank and that red flares had been fired. Once the lifeboat was afloat and proceeding to the area, Police Rib Delta, who was in the Dumbarton area, reported that there were no vessels in sight and that they would proceed up river to the Erskine Bridge. After searching the River Clyde, with nothing found, Helensburgh lifeboat and a Coastguard Team focussed their attention on the River Leven where the Coastguard managed to locate the casualty vessel. Apparently the vessel had gone out to the mouth of the River Leven earlier in the evening with the intention of firing red flares in support of the campaign to stop the planned closure of the Clyde Coastguard station at Greenock! Once at the mouth of the Leven the casualty vessel's engine had reportedly broken down and while attempting to resolve the matter, they also lost their anchor. Being adrift with no form of propulsion, they fired red flares to attract attention. Having done so however, they managed to resolve their engine problem and duly returned to their mooring in the River Leven. Once the facts were established and that it was confirmed that there were no vessels in difficulty, all rescue resources were instructed to stand down. The lifeboat returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 21:49 hrs.

Cancelled Launch - Capsized Catamaran (Wednesday 22nd August at 18:38 hrs)

Helensburgh Lifeboat Crew was paged at 18:38 hrs after information was received that a racing catamaran had capsized off Helensburgh Pier and there was no sign of the crew. As the lifeboat was being prepared for launch, the 1st informant contacted the boathouse to advise that the cat's crew had re-appeared from under the hull and had managed to right the boat again. This was a false alarm with good intent.

12/15 - Vessel Aground (Sunday 12th August at 15:58 hrs)

At 15:58 hrs Clyde Coastguard requested lifeboat launch as they were aware that a small vessel had been aground on the Cockle Banks since mid-morning and they wanted to check the well-being of the occupants as there was no other way of contacting the vessel. The lifeboat was launched and proceeded to the area where a 17' cabin cruiser was located, aground as reported. After confirming that the 3 occupants were well and in no need of medical attention, the lifeboat crew towed the vessel into deeper water. The lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 17:20 hrs.

(It was initially thought that the vessel had broken rigging, however upon investigation, the lifeboat crew determined that one of the vessel's crew was simply attempting to dry his trousers!)

Cancelled Launch - Female in Water (Sunday 12th August at 13:37 hrs)

After Clyde Coastguard was advised that there was a female in the water at Dumbarton Castle, the lifeboat crew was paged, however shortly before launch the shout was cancelled as the female had been assisted to safety.

12/14 - Vessel Aground (Sunday 22nd July at 13:23 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard contacted the lifeboat Launching Authority at 13:16 hrs to request assistance as the owner of a 16' day boat had reported that his vessel was aground at Barons Point, Kilcreggan. The lifeboat crew was paged and the lifeboat launched, however shortly before launch, information was received that a sailing dinghy had capsized off the Commodore Hotel, Helensburgh, and that there were persons in the water. As this incident took priority, the lifeboat crew proceeded to investigated this report first. When the lifeboat crew located the dinghy, they found that the crew had successfully righted it again and required no assistance; that being the case, the ILB continued to Kilcreggan. At Barons Point, the lifeboat crew located a 16' day boat aground on rocks; it had apparently broken free from its mooring and had drifted ashore. As the tide was flooding, the lifeboat crew managed to re-float the 'MV Arron', and after confirming that it had sustained no damage, escorted it to the James Watt dock where it was secured. The ILB then returned to base and reported ready for service again at 15:17 hrs.

Cancelled Launch - man in Water (Sunday 8th July at 14:20 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 14:20 hrs after receiving a report from a member of the public that there was a man in the water at the Greenock Esplanade. While the crew was assembling however, the shout was cancelled as a member of the public had assisted the man to shore.

12/13 - Canal Barge Adrift! (Monday 25th June at 19:52 hrs)

At 19:45 hrs on Monday 25th June, Clyde Coastguard requested lifeboat launch as Coastguard Watch Officers could see from their Control Room at Navy Buildings, Greenock, that a 50' canal barge was adrift in the Clyde River channel opposite their location. The lifeboat was launched to investigate and proceeded to the area where, as reported, they found a canal barge, the 'Peccadillo', adrift with engine problems; the barge had been on passage from the Forth and Clyde Canal at Bowling to the Holy Loch. The lifeboat crew therefore took the barge in tow and proceeded across the river to the Holy Loch, the Peccadillo's original destination. After making the barge secure at Sandbank, the lifeboat returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 21:53 hrs.

This was the first time that Helensburgh lifeboat has been asked to go to the assistance of a canal barge since the lifeboat station was established in 1965!

12/12 - Person in Water (Friday 8th June at 14:10 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 14:10 hrs to investigate a report of a person in the water at Newark Castle, Port Glasgow. Shortly after launch however the lifeboat was requested to return to base by Clyde Coastguard as the person had been recovered.

12/11 - Just Fishing (Tuesday 5th June at 18:06 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard requested lifeboat launch after receiving a report that there 4 persons in the water on the West side of the River Leven in Dumbarton. After launching, the lifeboat proceeded to the area where the crew located 4 men fishing waist deep some 100 yds from shore. After checking that they were ok and were aware of the high and low water times, the ILB returned to base.

12/10 - Fisherman Dies After Boat Capsizes (Saturday 2nd June at 11:49 hrs)

At 11:49 hrs, Helensburgh Lifeboat was called out after information was received that there were three persons in the water at Ocean Terminal, Greenock. After launching, the lifeboat proceeded to the area where they found that a 16' clinker built wooden boat with three men on board had capsized. One man had managed to swim to shore, a second was sitting on the upturned hull, and the third was missing. The lifeboat crew rescued the man from on top of the hull; he was transferred by Navy helicopter to an awaiting ambulance. The third man was found under the hull by divers however despite efforts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead on arrival at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

12/09 - Recovery of Body (Thurs 31st May at 17:46 hrs)

At 17:39 hours on Thursday 31st May, 2012 Clyde Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat. A report had been received from a member of the public that there was a person in the water in front of the old East Clyde Street School, Helensburgh. After launching at 17:46 hours, the lifeboat proceeded to the area where they located the body of an elderly female some 40 metres from shore. Two of the lifeboat crew took the body of the female ashore where Police and an Ambulance crew took over. The lifeboat returned to station, reporting ready for service again at 19:05 hours.

12/08 - Yacht Aground - River Leven (Sun 27th May at 18:52 hrs (#2))

After resolving the incident relating to the boys in an inflatable dinghy, the lifeboat proceeded to the mouth of the River Leven at Dumbarton where a yacht that had gone aground. Despite the fact that the yacht had gone aground at near high tide, the lifeboat crew managed to re-float the vessel, 'Watchful of Hamble', and then escorted it to Sandpoint Marina; the lifeboat then returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 20:55 hrs.

12/07 - Two Boys in an Inflatable Dinghy (Sun 27th May at 18:22 hrs (#1))

At 18:22 hrs, the lifeboat crew was paged as Clyde Coastguard had received a report from a member of the public that there were 2 boys in a small yellow inflatable dinghy about 0.75 mile off shore between Craigendoran Pier and Ardmore Point. With an outgoing tide and an offshore wind at the time, it was thought that they were in trouble. After a fast crew assembly, the lifeboat launched at 18:28 hrs and proceeded to the area where they located the two 12 year old boys who were basically quite happy paddling about, unaware of the possible dangers. As the ILB was about to be tasked to another incident, the two boys and their dinghy were taken on board the lifeboat and dropped off 100 metres from Craigendoran Pier. Once they reached shore, they were given advice by the Coastguard Response Team on sea safety.

12/06 - Capsized Canoe - Persons in Water (Tues 22nd May at 11:26 hrs)

After witnessing a canoe capsize close to Navy Buildings, Greenock, Clyde Coastguard requested Lifeboat Launch. Two men had apparently been out fishing at the time in the canoe when it capsized; as they both ended up in the water they were unable to right it. After launching, the lifeboat crew proceeded to the area where the crew of the Clyde Pilot Launch were in the process of rescuing the men from the water. The lifeboat crew recovered the canoe, and along with the Pilot Launch, proceeded back to shore where the men were landed and checked out by an ambulance crew. The ILB then returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 12:23 hrs.

12/05 - Persons in Difficulty? (Sun 13th May at 17:19 hrs)

Clyde Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 17:19 hrs after receiving a report that there was a rowing boat in difficulty in the Westcliff area of Dumbarton; it was reported that there were possibly 2 persons on board plus another 2 in the water. The crew was paged and the lifeboat launched 7 minutes later. A search was conducted of the area from Ardoch up to the River Leven at Dumbarton with nothing found. In addition to the lifeboat, Coastguard Auxiliaries, Fire & Rescue, the Police and an Ambulance were also involved in the incident. Shortly after 18:00 hrs, it was concluded that this was a hoax which the Police intended to follow up. The ILB therefore returned to station and reported ready for service again at 18:48 hrs.

12/04 - Fishing Vessel Aground (Sun 15th April at 10:42 hrs)

At 10:42 hrs, Clyde Coastguard contacted the station Launching Authority to request Lifeboat assistance as a 5 metre fishing vessel had gone aground on the shore at Cove. After launching at 10:47 hrs, the Lifeboat crew proceeded to the area where they found the vessel, the 'Dobhran Mara', hard aground close to the Knockderry Hotel on an ebbing tide. As the vessel would not re-float for several hours, the lifeboat crew laid out an anchor for the 'Dobhran Mara', and after checking the vessel for damage, returned to base.

Cancelled Launch - Intoxicated Female Stranded on Rocks (Sunday 18th March at 15:24 hrs)

At 15:24 hrs the lifeboat crew was paged as Clyde Coastguard had received a report from Fire and Rescue that there was an intoxicated female stranded on rocks near Coronation Park, Port Glasgow. Just as the lifeboat was leaving the launching trolley however, the shout was cancelled as Fire & Rescue had managed to get the casualty off the rocks by undertaking a shoreside rescue.

12/03 - Naked Man Crosses Railway Line? (Sat 25th Feb at 14:58 hrs)

At 14:58 hours Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat was called to a report that an elderly naked man had been seen crossing the railway line between Cardross and Dalreoch and was heading towards the river Clyde. The lifeboat launched and attended the scene, as did the police helicopter and coastguard auxiliaries. A search was made of the area but nothing found.

12/02 - Capsized Kayak off Kilcreggan (Sat 11th Feb at 13:22 hrs)

At 13:22 hrs, Clyde Coastguard initiated the launch of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat to go to the assistance of a man in the water off Kilcreggan Pier. It appears that the man had fallen into the water from a Kayak and was in difficulty. On arrival the crew found that the man had been assisted to shore by a friend in another Kayak.

12/01 - 5 Persons Rescued from Yachts in Rhu Marina (Tues 3rd Jan at 08:41 hrs)

At 08:41 hours, Clyde Coastguard requested the assistance of Helensburgh RNLI lifeboat crew as there were 5 persons on board yachts in Rhu Marina that required assistance to get ashore. The persons had been on board overnight and with storm force winds recorded, accompanied by a heavy sea running through the marina, were unable to get ashore. The extreme weather conditions had caused several yachts to break their moorings in the marina and several vessels had sunk. As weather conditions were exceeding the lifeboat's operational limits, the lifeboat crew had to go out onto the marina walkways to assist; at times the walkways were moving vertically by some 1 metre making it extremely hazardous.

In very dangerous conditions 8 lifeboat crew members assisted the 5 persons ashore, at times having to proceed on hands and knees due to the violent movement of the walkways.

By about 0935 hours, all persons were safely ashore, and as a precaution an ambulance crew checked out 2 of the rescued persons. The wind direction was westerly with gusts of 61 knots recorded in the marina.

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