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2013 Service Calls

13/43 - Persons and Dog Lost! (Sun 22nd Dec at 17:05 hrs)

At 16:55 hrs, Belfast Coastguard requested RNLI assistance as it was suspected that a vessel was in difficulty in Loch Goil; flashing white lights had been reported by a member of the public. The lifeboat was launched at 17:05 and made passage to Loch Goil, however before reaching the loch, was asked to return to station as the situation had been resolved. While the ILB was on passage, a fishing boat in the loch reported that the lights appeared to be coming from the shore close to Carrick Castle. This report was investigated and confirmed by Rescue Helicopter 177 who advised that the casualties were two persons walking a dog on the shore who had got lost. They were picked up by the helicopter and taken to safety. The ILB returned to station and reported ready for service again at 18:06 hrs.

13/42 - Incident at Glasgow Bridge (Wed 11th Dec at 07:13 hrs)

Information Withheld.

13/41 - Incident at Erskine Bridge (Sun 1st Dec at 23:39 hrs)

Information Withheld.

13/40 - Dinghy Adrift (Sun 24th Nov at 11:15 hrs)

While out on a routine Exercise, the lifeboat crew was contacted by Belfast Coastguard and asked if they could investigate a report of a drifting dinghy some 500 metres East of Kilcreggan Pier. Once on scene the lifeboat crew located the dinghy, a 'well weathered' dinghy with no signs of recent visible occupancy; it had clearly been washed off shore during a recent high tide. With the lifeboat on scene, Belfast Coastguard confirmed that the dinghy was the one reported by the first informant. So that the dinghy would not provide a hazard to other vessels, it was towed back to Rhu Marina where arrangements would be made to scrap it. At 11:57 hrs, the lifeboat crew continued with their Exercise.

13/39 - Aircraft Emergency Declared (Sun 17th Nov at 14:22 hrs)

At 14:22 hrs, Belfast Coastguard requested Lifeboat Launch as a Full Aircraft Emergency had been declared by Glasgow Airport - a commercial aircraft with 173 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 15:15 hrs.

Cancelled Launch (Mon 11th Nov at 23:56 hrs)

Helensburgh Lifeboat crew was paged at 23:56 hrs after a request for assistance was received from the Police. Before the boat could be launched however, the shout was cancelled as the incident had been resolved.

13/38 - Distress Flares Reported

At 00:07 hrs, Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch after a report was received that a distress flare had been sighted off the Helensburgh Seafront. Although there was some dubiety expressed about the report, i.e. as it was fireworks time of year, it was agreed that the ILB would be launched to investigate. The crew was duly paged and the boat launched at 00:16 hrs. Despite conducting a thorough search of the area, nothing untoward was found and after confirmation was received from a witness that the flare had been fired from shore, the ILB crew was instructed to stand down. The boat returned to station and was reported to be ready for service again at 01:58 hrs.

13/37 - Yacht in Difficulty (Wed 23rd Oct at 17:01 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 16:53 hrs after receiving a call for assistance from the owner of a 24' yacht located off Rosneath Caravan Park. The yacht, with single occupant on board, was on passage from Rosneath to Sandbank when it experienced engine failure; as the mast had been lowered for the passage, hoisting a sail was not an option. The lifeboat crew was paged and the boat launched at 17:01 hrs. At 17:04 hrs, the lifeboat crew reported that they were alongside the casualty and that it was their intention to tow it to Rhu Marina to facilitate engine repairs. Once the yacht was secured alongside at Rhu Marina, the lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 17:42 hrs.

Cancelled Launch (Tues 15th Oct at 18:05 hrs)

Helensburgh Lifeboat crew was paged at 18:03 hrs after a request for assistance was received from the Police. Before the boat could be launched however, the shout was cancelled as the incident had been resolved.

13/36 - Concern for Kite Surfers (Wed 9th Oct at 19:01 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard paged the station Launching Authority at 18:52 hrs after a member of the public contacted them and expressed concern about the well-being of three Kite Surfers in the Ardmore area. The lifeboat crew was paged and the boat launched at 19:01 hrs. Once on scene the lifeboat crew was advised by the coastguard that two of the kite surfers were now ashore and at 19:21 hrs, it was confirmed that the third surfer was also safely ashore. With all surfers accounted for, the ILB returned to station and reported ready for service again at 19:46 hrs. This was a false alarm with good intent.

13/35 - Capsized Dinghy (Sun 29th Sept at 12:43 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Launching Authority at 12:36 hrs after a call was received from a member of the public reporting that there was a capsized dinghy in the Gareloch at Clynder. The crew assembled and lifeboat launched at 12:43 hrs. Once on scene, the lifeboat crew located the dinghy and reported that it had been righted and sailed to shore where its crew were in the process of recovering it. As no further assistance was required, the lifeboat returned to base and was reported ready for service again at 13:45 hrs.

13/34 - Yacht Aground off Dumbarton Rock (Sun 29th Sept at 08:56 hrs)

Shortly after the lifeboat had left the River Leven (see 'shout' #33), the crew of the yacht decided to continue their passage to the Rothesay Dock, however the vessel ran aground again while leaving the River Leven with the result that the lifeboat had to be re-tasked to assist and refloat her. At 09:15 hrs, the lifeboat crew reported that they had refloated the yacht and had towed her back into the navigation channel to allow her to complete her voyage of discovery to Glasgow. The lifeboat returned to station and was reported ready for service again 10:00 hrs.

13/33 - Yacht Aground off Dumbarton Rock (Sun 29th Sept at 06:03 hrs)

After receiving a 999 call from the crew of a 24' yacht, reporting that they had run aground on a sandbank opposite Dumbarton Rock, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh lifeboat. The lifeboat was launched at 06:03 hrs and the crew proceeded to the area where they located the casualty vessel on the landward side of the Dyke outside the navigation channel; apparently the yacht had gone aground at near high water on Saturday night while on passage from Rothesay to the Rothesay Dock in Glasgow. The lifeboat stood by the vessel until the tide has risen sufficiently to allow her to be refloated, after which time she was towed to Sandpoint Marina in the River Leven and assisted alongside by the Helensburgh Coastguard team. With the yacht secure, the lifeboat started to make passage back to Rhu.

13/32 - Persons Requiring Assistance (Wed 25th Sept at 16:34 hrs)

Helensburgh Lifeboat Crew was paged at 16:26 hrs after the Coastguard received a report of a female up to her chest in water near Castle Street, Dumbarton. Shortly after the lifeboat was launched, the crew received further information that there was a possibility of there being 3 persons involved. Once on scene, the lifeboat crew located two males, one female plus 3 dogs, in a marshy area adjacent to Dumbarton Rock. While out walking with her dogs, the female had got into difficulty in the marshy area and had ended up chest deep in water. She had sought assistance from her brother and father, however as they had been unable to get close to her the emergency services had been contacted. After taking the female casualty and her dogs on board the lifeboat, the crew then picked up the other two male casualties. All were cold and wet however were in good spirits. They were landed at Sandpoint Marina where they were checked over by an Ambulance Crew. At 17:25 hrs the lifeboat crew returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 18:20 hrs.

13/31 - Man in Water at Port Glasgow (Wed 18th Sept at 04:34 hrs)

Helensburgh Lifeboat crew was paged at 04:25 hrs after a report was received from the Police that there was a person in the water at Port Glasgow; in addition to the lifeboat, Fire and Rescue had also been tasked to attend. The lifeboat was launched at 04:34hrs, however as the boat arrived on scene at 04:47 hrs, the lifeboat crew was advised that the man had been recovered from the water and was being checked over by an Ambulance Crew. The lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 05:29 hrs.

13/30 - Lifeboat Rescues Man from Water (Sun 15th Sept at 13:38 hrs)

At 13:31 hours on Sunday 15th September, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat after receiving a report that there was a man hanging onto a boat in the moorings at the Blairvadach Sailing Centre, Gareloch. After launching at 13:38 hours, the lifeboat crew proceeded to the area where they located a man hanging onto the upturned hull of a capsized and partially deflated rubber dinghy. The lifeboat crew landed the man and his dinghy on the slip at the Sailing Centre. The Helensburgh Coastguard Rescue Team confirmed that the man did not require medical attention. The lifeboat crew returned to station and reported ready for service again at 14:00 hours.

13/29 - Vessel Reported to be Adrift (Sun 1st Sept at 23:47 hrs)

At 23:36 hours, 2013 Belfast Coastguard requested the assistance of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat. Police had received a 999 call from a member of the public in Port Glasgow who reported that there was a small cabin cruiser adrift and in danger of running aground at Kelburn Park. Police found a quantity of equipment from a boat on the shoreline and detained a man.

The Lifeboat was launched and, when it arrived on scene, there was no sign of the vessel. The lifeboat crew conducted a thorough search of the area from Newark Castle up to Bowling with the Greenock Coastguard Rescue Team conducting a shore search. Although a number of illumination flares were fired during the search, there was no sign of the boat. With nothing found, at 01:37 hours all resources involved in the search were asked to stand down. The Lifeboat was back on station and reported ready for service again at 02:06 hours.

A second man, who may have been on the vessel, was contacted and confirmed he was safely ashore. Police are continuing their enquiries.

13/28 - Yacht Aground on Greenock Bank (Sun 25th Aug at 21:21 hrs)

At 21:13 hrs on Sunday 25th August, Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Operations Manager to advise that they had received a report of a yacht aground on the Greenock Bank from the 'Kingdom of Fife', a commercial vessel at anchor off Greenock. The Coastguard had been unable to establish contact with the yacht on VHF and wished to check that the occupants were ok. The lifeboat was launched and at 21:32 hrs the crew reported that they were on scene and had a visual sighting of the casualty. As it was low tide, the lifeboat had to proceed with caution across the sand banks. The casualty vessel, the 'Solas II', an 8 metre yacht with twin keels, had 6 persons on board; all were ok. As the yacht's engine had failed, the lifeboat towed the Solas II back into deep water where it was towed to the James Watt dock by an acquaintance of owner. The ILB returned to base and reported ready for service again at 23:01 hrs.

13/27 - Boat Aground on Cockle Bank (Tues 6th Aug at 09:43 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Launching Authority at 09:30 hrs to request RNLI assistance. A report had been received that there was a boat aground on the Cockle Bank (Port Glasgow) which appeared to be at anchor. The Coastguard wanted to confirm that there was no-one on board requiring assistance. After launching at 09:43 hrs, the lifeboat proceeded to the area where the crew located the vessel, a small speedboat with anchor and no signs of recent occupancy. It looked as if the vessel had originally been beached and had been washed off shore on a recent high tide. The boat was towed to a slip at Port Glasgow. After returning to base, the ILB was reported ready for service again at 10:55.

13/26 - Dinghy Adrift (Sat 27th July at 21:36 hrs)

At 21:28 hrs, Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Launching Authority to advise that a member of the public at Rosneath Caravan Park had reported seeing a dinghy adrift off the Caravan Park. It had an outboard engine in the lowered position and did not appear to be manned. It was agreed that the lifeboat would be launched to investigate the report. After launching at 21:36 hrs, the lifeboat crew conducted a search of the area and located the dingy in Camsail Bay - some 7 metres clear of the water line! As they were speaking to the first informant, the owner of the dinghy appeared in another vessel. Apparently his son had not secured the bow line correctly to his boat and it had drifted off. The lifeboat crew left them to sort it out and returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 22:32 hrs.

13/25 - Yacht Reports Smoke on Board (Sat 20th July at 12:46 hrs)

A 'Launch ILB' signal was sent out after the crew of a yacht contacted the Coastguard, reporting smoke on board; their location was Strone Point. Shortly after the ILB was launched however, the crew was asked to stand down as the smoke had stopped and the yacht was being towed back to Kip Marina by another vessel. Belfast Coastguard advised that a Police Launch in the area would check that all was well.

13/24 - Incident at Erskine Bridge (Sat 20th July at 05:31 hrs)

Information Withheld.

13/23 - Broken Down Jetski (Fri 19th July at 16:47 hrs)

The RNLI Helensburgh Lifeboat launched at 16:37 hrs after a member of the public reported seeing a broken down Jetski in the vicinity of Kilcreggan Pier; apparently one person was on the jetski while another was in the water 'pushing' it. After launching at 16:47 hrs, the lifeboat crew proceeded to the area where they began a search for the casualty. Two other vessels were on scene also endeavouring to locate the jetski. After searching the area and shoreline from Baron's Point to Cove, with nothing sighted, it was concluded that the jetski crew had managed to resolve their problem and had departed the scene. The initial report was confirmed to be genuine by another informant who had also seen the incident. At 17:15 hrs the LB crew was asked to stand down and return to base.

13/22 - Jetski in difficulty - Cardwell Bay (Fri 12th July)

After ensuring that the yacht 'Elizabeth Ann' (see Incident #13/21) got safely back to a mooring, the lifeboat crew responded to a further request from Belfast Coastguard who asked if they could check on two jetskis in Cardwell Bay as it appeared that one of them had broken down. After investigating the report, the lifeboat crew reported that one of the jetskis had stopped when the driver had fallen off. Although the jetski had a 'kill switch' which cut the engine, the key had become detached from the driver's wrist when he fell off. While the lifeboat was alongside the two jetskis, the 'key' was recovered from the water, allowing the jetskis to continue. The lifeboat crew took the opportunity to give the 3 'jetskiers' some advice on lifejackets as the child's jacket was far too big for her and one of the adults wasn't wearing one. The lifeboat then returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 16:40 hrs.

13/21 - Yacht Aground - Cardwell Bay (Fri 12th July at 15:11 hrs)

At 15:11 hrs, Belfast Coastguard asked if Helensburgh lifeboat could help to refloat a yacht that was aground in Cardwell Bay. Apparently the yacht had been cut from it's mooring earlier in the day and had drifted ashore; the suspicion being that there had been an attempt to steal either the yacht or it's pick-up buoy. The Police had been investigating the incident since the morning. Once on scene, the lifeboat crew and the yacht's owner managed to refloat it; fortunately it had sustained only minor damage. After ensuring that the yacht's owner got it safely back to a mooring, the lifeboat crew responded to a request from Belfast Coastguard to check on two jetskis in Cardwell Bay as it appeared that one of them had broken down (see incident #13/22).

13/20 - Speedboat Thought to be in Trouble (Sun 23rd June at 17:30 hrs)

At 17:30 hrs, the lifeboat launched as a report had been received that a speedboat appeared to be adrift and was being blown towards Ardmore Point. As the lifeboat was proceeding towards Ardmore, the lifeboat crew found that the casualty had managed to restart his engine and was making his way back to Rhu Marina. The lifeboat escorted him until he was safely berthed. The lifeboat was reported to be ready for service again 18:00 hrs.

13/19 - Yacht Requiring Assistance (Friday 21st June at 14:05 hrs)

At 14:05 hrs, Belfast Coastguard requested that Helensburgh ILB launch and go to the assistance of a 9 metre yacht that had been forced to drop anchor just outside the navigation channel at Port Glasgow. Apparently the yacht had developed engine problems, and with no wind, the experienced crew was unable to make any headway under sail; they were therefore forced to drop anchor and seek assistance. The yacht 'Aeolus was towed to East India Dock by the ILB where it was secured alongside. Helensburgh lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 15:45 hrs.

13/18 - Yacht Requiring Assistance (Saturday 15th June at 14:26 hrs)

At 14:26 hrs, the Helensburgh Lifeboat crew was paged after Belfast Coastguard received a request for assistance from the yacht 'Savage'. The yacht had a torn main sail and also reported engine failure. When the lifeboat crew located the casualty, it was being towed by the Argyll Ferries 'Ali Cat'. After taking over the tow, 'Savage' was taken back to her mooring at the Royal Gourock Yacht Club, thereafter the ILB returned to station and reported ready for service again at 15:39 hrs.

13/17 - Vessel Aground on Sandbank (Tuesday 11th June at 18:51 hrs)

After his vessel had run aground on a sandbank off Port Glasgow, the owner of a yacht contacted the Coastguard to seek assistance. The lifeboat crew was paged and the boat launched at 18:51 hrs. Once alongside the casualty, the lifeboat crew reported that they would attempt to pull it off the sandbank. This proved not to be possible however due to the falling tide therefore the lifeboat returned to station with the intention of returning later in the evening to ensure that the yacht refloated safely. The lifeboat was launched again at 22:50 hrs and after escorted the refloated yacht to the James Watt Marina, the lifeboat crew returned to station,reporting ready for service again at 23:59 hrs.

13/16 - Incident at Hunter's Quay (Tuesday 11th June at 13:37 hrs)

Information withheld.

13/15 - Distress Flares Sighted (Sunday 26th May at 21:29 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Operations Manager at 21:18 hrs after multiple reports were received that three Red Distress Flares had been fired in the vicinity of Rosneath Bay. After a thorough search of the area by the RNLI lifeboat crew, Kilcreggan Coastguard and the Police, it was concluded that the flares had been fired from land.

13/14 - Jet Ski Aground (Friday 24th May at 18:07 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 18:07 hrs on Friday 24th May after receiving a report from the Police that there was a jet ski aground on the Cockle Bank at Port Glasgow. After launching, the lifeboat crew proceeded to the area where they located the casualty outside the navigation channel aground on the Cockle Bank. As the tide was flooding, the lifeboat managed to tow the jet ski back into the channel without any difficulty, and after confirming that the driver and jet ski were ok, returned to base. The lifeboat was reported ready for service again at 19:31 hrs.

13/13 - Report of Vessel Adrift (Wednesday 22nd May at 18:39 hrs)

After a report was received that there was a vessel adrift between Helensburgh Pier and Ardmore Point, Helensburgh Lifeboat was launched at 18:39 hrs. Once the ILB crew reached the reported area they discovered that the vessel adrift was, in fact, a working barge that was being used to lay racing marks. As no assistance was required, the ILB returned to station and was reported to be ready for service again at 19:07 hrs. This was a false alarm with good intent.

13/12 - Vessel taking in water (Friday 10th May at 10:26 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat crew was paged at 10:21 hrs by Belfast Coastguard after a request for assistance was received from the crew of a small fishing vessel off Kilcreggan. 'Tanzi Too', an 18' day boat, had two persons on board and was taking in water. After launching at 10:26 hrs, the lifeboat crew made for Kilcreggan where they located the casualty. It was taken in tow by the lifeboat, and while under way to Cardwell Bay, the lifeboat crew pumped out the water using the lifeboat's salvage pump. Once in Cardwell Bay, the vessel was landed on the slip where the Coastguard Team took over. The ILB returned to base and reported ready for service again at 11:55 hrs.

13/11 - Report of Fire on Yacht (Friday 3rd May at 22:06 hrs)

Helensburgh Lifeboat launched again at 22:06 hrs after Belfast Coastguard received a report from a resident of Rhu village that there was a fire on board a yacht in Rhu Bay. Despite a thorough search of the area, during which a number of illumination flares were fired, nothing untoward was found. The conclusion was that this was a false alarm with good intent. The lifeboat returned to base and was reported ready for service again at 23:00 hrs.

13/09 & 13/10 - Aground and Sinking! (Friday 3rd May at 11:29 hrs)

On Friday 3rd May at 11:39 hrs, the RNLI Helensburgh Lifeboat was launched to respond to two back-to-back incidents. The first was to a vessel aground on the Cockle Bank at Port Glasgow which had two persons on board; although no request for assistance had been received from the crew of the grounded vessel, the Coastguard wished to confirm that they were ok. As the grounded vessel, a white hulled cabin cruiser, was several hundred metres outside the navigation channel, and due to the state of the tide, two lifeboat crew members had to wade across the sandbanks towards the grounded cruiser. Once it was established that the two men on board did not require any assistance, the lifeboat crew members returned to the lifeboat and to attend to the second incident, a tug reported to be sinking at the mouth of Loch Goil. The tug was low in the water as reported and clearly taking in water. It was unmanned and on a mooring. As the lifeboat crew was unable to gain access to the locked vessel they were unable to investigate the cause of the problem or take any action. It was therefore agreed that the lifeboat would returned to base and that a commercial salvage operation would be undertaken later.

Cancelled Launch (Tuesday 1st May at 22:52 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 22:52 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the Police. A female was reported to be in the water off the Helensburgh seafront. Before the boat could be launched however, the shout was cancelled as the Police had rescued the female and she was being checked over by an ambulance crew.

13/08 - Person in Water (Saturday 27th April at 19:02 hrs)

After a member of the public reported seeing a person in the water close to Greenock Esplanade, Helensburgh Lifeboat was launched however as the boat arrived on scene, the lifeboat crew was advised that the person had been rescued and was being checked over by an Ambulance Crew. The lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 20:00 hrs.

13/07 - Upturned Dinghy in River Leven (Monday 22nd April at 12:34 hrs)

At 12:28 hrs Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch after receiving a request for assistance from the Police. An upturned dinghy was reported to be drifting down the River Leven towards Dumbarton. The lifeboat crew was duly paged and the boat launched at 12:34 hrs. While the ILB was making passage to Dumbarton, Belfast Coastguard advised that a Police Helicopter had already checked the area; a Coastguard Rescue Team was also on scene. As the upturned inflatable dingy had an engine and one oar, there was concern that a person or persons were in the water. Once on scene, the lifeboat crew searched the River Leven up as far as the weir at the old road bridge in Dumbarton, however due to the ebbing tide, there was insufficient water for the boat to proceed further up stream. At 13:56 hrs, Helensburgh Lifeboat was released from the search and shortly afterwards the Coastguard Rescue Team was also released. While the ILB was heading back to station Belfast Coastguard advised that a Police Helicopter had been tasked with conducting a further search up to Balloch. The lifeboat was back on station and reported to be ready for service again at 14:45 hrs.

13/06 - Report of Man Walking into the Water (Friday 19th April at 11:35 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 11:35 hrs after receiving a report from the Police that there was a man walking into the water off Havock Park, Dumbarton. Once on scene, the lifeboat crew located the casualty who was actually fishing and not in any difficulty; it was a false alarm with good intent. As the tide was out, and the man was a considerable distance from shore, the first informant had been unable to see his fishing rod.

13/05 - Report of Man in Water (Sunday 13th April at 09:23 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard after they received a report from a member of the public that a man had been seen in the water close to the Parklee Roundabout, Port Glasgow. After launching at 09:23 hrs, the lifeboat proceeded to the area where, assisted by a Coastguard team and a Rescue Helicopter, a thorough search of the area was conducted. With no sign of the man, all resources were asked to stand down at 12:24 hrs. Helensburgh lifeboat returned to base and was reported to be ready for service again at 12:42 hrs.

13/04 - Report of Yacht Fire (Tuesday 2nd April at 15:59 hrs)

At 15:59 hrs on Tuesday 2nd April, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat after receiving a report from the crew of the yacht 'Aiaz Motte' that they had a fire on board. The lifeboat was launched at 16:04 hrs and some 4 minutes later the lifeboat crew reported that they were alongside the casualty vessel off Rosneath Caravan Park. After going on board to investigate, the lifeboat crew established that when the yacht's engine had been started, there had been a lot of smoke in the cabin however after the engine was switched off, the smoke had dissipated. As the situation was under control and the yacht's crew required no further assistance and were happy to proceed under sail, the lifeboat escorted 'Aiaz Motte' until it was safely back on its mooring at the Helensburgh Sailing Club. The Lifeboat then returned to station, reporting ready for service again at 16:45 hours.

13/03 - Report of Man in River Leven (Sunday 24th March at 17:05 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 17:05 hrs after a report was received that there was a man in the River Leven at Westbridgend, Dumbarton. The first informant had seen the man in the river as she was walking to her work in Dumbarton. Once on scene, the lifeboat conducted a thorough search of the river from the mouth of the Leven up to the weir under the old road bridge. A search of the area had also been conducted by the Police and the Helensburgh Coastguard Mobile team. With nothing found, it was concluded that it was a false alarm with good intent and that the man had most likely been fishing. The lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 18:30 hrs.

13/02 - Fishing Boat Aground (Thursday 21st March at 19:39 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard paged a 'Launch Request' at 19:31 hrs after receiving a report that there was a vessel aground on the shore at Whiteforeland Point. The lifeboat crew was paged and the boat launched at 19:39 hrs. When the lifeboat arrived on scene, they found that the casualty, a commercial fishing vessel, had been pulled off by a sister vessel and was proceeding under her own power to the James Watt dock. The lifeboat escorted both vessels back to harbour, and once they were securely berthed, returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 20:57 hrs. Apparently the fishing boat had experienced hydraulic steering failure.

13/01 - Man in Water (Monday 11th March at 19:45 hrs)

At 19:45 hrs, Belfast Coastguard requested Lifeboat Launch after receiving information from the Police that there was a man in the water at Custom House Quay, Port Glasgow. As the crew were already at the station for a Training exercise, the boat was launched 1 minute later at 19:46 hrs. While on passage to Greenock however, the ILB crew was asked to stand down as the Police had managed to get the man out of the water and he was being checked over by an on-scene ambulance crew. The ILB was back on station again at 19:59 hrs

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