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Helensburgh Lifeboat - Atlantic 75 Class ILB

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'Selfie' - January 2016

16/37 - Car in Water - Cardwell Bay (Mon 26th Dec at 13:51 hrs)

At 13:51 hrs the UK Coastguard requested that Helensburgh lifeboat be launched as they had received a report that there was a car in the water at Cardwell Bay and that someone was trapped in the vehicle. Shortly after launching however the lifeboat crew was requested to stand down as the situation had been resolved and the person in the vehicle reported to be safe.

16/36 - Report of Person in Water (Thurs 24th Nov at 11:00 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat was requested to launch at 11:00 hrs after the Police received a report from a member of the public that there was a person in the water at Newark Castle, Port Glasgow. The lifeboat crew duly assembled and the boat was launched at 11:07 hrs however shortly after launching the crew was asked to stand down and return to base as the Police subsequently determined that the person was not in fact in the water and that this was a false alarm with good intent.

16/35 - Yacht Aground - Renfrew (Thurs 27th Oct at 18:18 hrs)

At 18:18 hrs the UK Coastguard contacted the station Operations Manager to request lifeboat assistance as a 25' yacht with tender attached was reported to be aground on the North side of the River Clyde close to the Rothesay Dock; a bag with an inhaler inside had been found floating close by and the Coastguard wished to check that there was no-one on board the yacht requiring assistance. At 18:30 hrs the lifeboat launched and proceeded to the area to assist with resolving the incident. After locating the yacht, and confirming that there was no-one on board, the lifeboat towed the yacht into deeper water, rigged a tow line, and handed it over to a workboat from the Rothesay Dock where it was taken. While this was in progress, the on-scene Helensburgh Coastguard Rescue Team managed to contact the yacht's owner, who turned out to be safely ashore, and determined that the owner had experienced steering problems while trying to get into Rothesay Dock so had deliberately beached the yacht and gone ashore with the intention of returning later. The lifeboat was therefore released at 20:09 hrs and returned to station, reporting ready for service again at 21:10 hrs.

16/34 - Report of Person in Water - Holy Loch (Fri 23rd Sept at 20:13 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Launching Authority at 20:13 hrs to advise that the Police had received a report from a member of the public that there was a male standing in shallow water at Lazaretto Point in the Holy Loch. Although the police had investigated and found nothing, they had requested that the lifeboat crew assist by conducting a search of the area. The ILB was duly launched and proceeded to the Holy Loch where a thorough search was conducted from Ardnadam Bay to Hunter's Quay. With nothing found, at 21:39 hrs Belfast Coastguard asked the ILB crew to stand down and return to base. The ILB was reported to be back on station at 22:20 hrs.

16/33 - Yacht Aground (Mon 12th Sept at 11:28 hrs)

At 11:26 hrs, Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch as they had had a report from a member of the public that a 30' yacht had broken free from its moorings and was drifting towards the shore close to the Helensburgh Sailing Club. It was reported to have collided with another vessel after breaking free. Once in the vicinity of the grounded yacht, the lifeboat crew reported that the only action that they could take was to lay out an anchor from the vessel as the tide was ebbing; fortunately the yacht had twin keels and would therefore remain upright when the tide went out. Having made secure the grounded vessel, which did not appear to have sustained any significant damage, the lifeboat crew checked the yacht that it was reported to have collided with; it also did not appear to have been damaged. The lifeboat returned to base and was reported to be ready for service again at 12:58 hrs.

16/31 & 16/32 - Yacht Aground - Greenock (Wed 24th Aug at 08:01 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 08:01 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the owner of a 12 metre yacht that had gone aground on rocks while exiting the James Watt Dock. Once on scene the lifeboat crew quickly ascertained that they could not refloat the vessel due to the ebbing tide and the fact that the yacht was hard aground on rocks. In order to minimise further damage to the vessel some shoring was procured from the marina and a stern anchor deployed. After landing the 3 persons (and dog) on board back to the James Watt Dock, the lifeboat returned to base after agreeing that a workboat from the marina would be in attendance when the vessel refloated. The lifeboat was back on station and reported ready for service again at 10:28 hrs.

At 13:59 hrs however Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch again as the owner of the grounded yacht, who had returned to it, reported that it was taking in water and the cabin was filling with sea water. Once on scene the lifeboat crew attempted to pump out the water using both the lifeboat's salvage pump and also one provided by the marina. With the pumps making some progress, as the tide flooded, a workboat from the marina started to stern tow the vessel off the rocks, with the intention of towing it to the boat lift in the James Watt Dock, however having started to tow it, it was clear that the vessel was taking in more water to such an extent that it sank when inside the James Watt Dock; the rocks that the vessel had been sitting on had either been plugging a hole in the hull, which had not been detected earlier, or it had sustained further damage when the yacht was towed off. As there was nothing else that could be done by the lifeboat crew, and with all persons safe, the lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 17:11 hrs.

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16/30 - Holy Loch Search (Mon 22nd Aug at 01:10 hrs)

As the lifeboat was being made ready for service again after shout #16/29, Belfast Coastguard advised that they had been contacted by the Police in the Holy Loch as a female had reported seeing a male coming out of the water at Lazaretto Point who was struggling for breath. Helensburgh lifeboat was asked to re-launch and to conduct a search of the vessels in the area and for anything untoward or anyone in difficulty. The boat was therefore launched again and conducted a thorough search of the area as requested with nothing found. After the Police had further discussions with the first informant, it transpired that there was some doubt about the report therefore at 01:39 hrs the lifeboat crew was asked to conduct a further short search and if nothing untoward was found to return to base. The lifeboat was reported to be back on station and ready for service again at 02:20 hrs.

16/29 - Incident at Dunoon (Mon 22nd Aug at 00:17 hrs)

Information withheld.

16/28 - Incident at Erskine Bridge (Wed 10th Aug at 23:30 hrs)

Information withheld.

16/27 - Person in Water - Holy Loch (Fri 5th Aug at 20:42 hrs)

The Helensburgh lifeboat crew was paged at 20:42 hrs after Belfast Coastguard received a report that there was a person in the water in the Holy Loch; apparently he had fallen from his dinghy and was clinging onto the stern of the boat. The lifeboat crew duly assembled and the lifeboat launched at 20:50 hrs. As assistance was urgently required, this incident was treated as a Mayday by Belfast Coastguard to which a yacht in the area and an MoD Police launch responded. As those responding were unable to get the person out of the water, they managed to get a rope around him and then towed the dinghy into Sandpoint marina where Dunoon Coastguard and an Ambulance were waiting to treat the casualty. Having been in the water for some 30 minutes, apart from being chilled, he appeared to be none the worse of his immersion. The lifeboat returned to base and was reported ready for service again at 22:10.

16/26 - Person Stranded on Mud Flats (Sat 30th July at 14:58 hrs)

After a report was received that there was a person stranded on the mud flats opposite Dumbarton Castle, Helensburgh lifeboat was launched to investigate. However while the lifeboat was still on passage to Dumbarton, the crew was asked to stand down as it transpired that the person was fishing and required no assistance. The boat was reported to be back on station again at 15:35 hrs.

This was a false alarm with good intent.

16/25 - Yacht Requiring Assistance (Mon 25th July at 20:19 hrs)

Helensburgh ILB launched at 20:19 hrs after Belfast Coastguard received a report of a small yacht in difficulty in the Holy Loch; it was apparently drifting onto the South shore of the loch despite the best efforts of its crew who were trying to tow it with its tender. At 20:37 hrs the ILB was on scene, and after locating the casualty with the assistance of Dunoon Coastguard, towed it back to its mooring in the loch where it was made secure. With no further assistance required, the ILB returned to station and reported ready for service again at 21:45 hrs.

16/24 - Jet Ski Aground - Langbank (Thurs 14th July at 13:08 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Launching Authority to request the lifeboat launch as 2 jet skis and the owners had gone aground just off the Langbank area. As the tide was nearly fully out it would be a considerable length of time before the crafts would be able to refloat. The lifeboat crew were paged and the lifeboat launched at 13:08hrs, reaching the stranded jetskis where the crew gave assistance and were able to recover them to the Greenock area. At 14:54hrs the lifeboat returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 15:10 hrs.

16/23 - Distress Signal Activated (Wed 13th July at 14 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat crew was paged at 14:11 hrs after Belfast Coastguard received an activated DSC distress signal just off Shandon. The lifeboat launched at 14:20hrs and carried out a search along past Rhu and Shandon with nothing being located. After further enquiries by the Coastguard it was established that the distress signal had been activated as part of a marine unit training exercise. The lifeboat crew were stood down and returned to station at 14:45hrs and was ready for service again at 15:00hrs

16/22 - Engine and Steering Failure (Sat 9th July at 11:46 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat crew was paged at 11:46 hrs after an 8 metre fishing vessel reported engine and steering failure mid-channel between the Rosneath peninsula and Gourock. The lifeboat reported that they were alongside the casualty vessel at 12:06 hrs and that it was their intention to tow it to Sandbank marina in the Holy Loch. At 13:11 hrs the lifeboat crew reported that the vessel was secure and that they were returning to base. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 13:58 hrs.

16/21 - Steering Failure (Sun 12th June at 03:23 hrs)

At 03:23 hrs Belfast Coastguard activated a 'Launch ILB' page after receiving a PanPan from the owner of a 25' yacht that had experienced rudder problems while on passage from Millport to Rhu resulting in total loss of steerage. The flood tide had carried the vessel towards the Cockle Banks at Port Glasgow. Once on scene, the ILB located the vessel some 700 metres outside the Clyde navigation channel. The yacht was rigged for an alongside tow and taken to the Greenock Ocean Teminal where it was made secure: the crew of the yacht were then conveyed back to Rhu Marina by the ILB crew. At 05:31 hrs the ILB was reported to be back on station and ready for service.

16/20 - Concern for Missing Person (Wed 8th June at 20:34 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard requested the assistance of Helensburgh Lifeboat to search for a reported missing person near Hunters Quay, Dunoon. The crew were paged and the lifeboat launched at 11:46hrs and commenced searching the area at 12:00hrs. The Lifeboat and local Coastguard were asked to stand down at 12:13hrs as the missing person had been found safe and well onshore. The lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 12:40hrs.

16/19 - Reported Person in Water - Greenock (Sun 5th June at 20:34 hrs)

At 20:34hrs, Helensburgh Lifeboat crew were paged by Belfast Coastguard to assist with the rescue of a person in the water near Port Glasgow. The lifeboat launched at 20:43hrs but was stood down at 20:50hrs as the person was persuaded by his friends to return to the shore. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 21:00hrs.

16/18 - Report of 2 Persons in Water (Wed 1st June at 14:40 hrs)

At 14:40 hrs, Helensburgh Lifeboat crew were paged to assist in the search for a reported 2 persons in the water Kempock Point, Gourock. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 14:55hrs and commenced a search of the local area. At 15:15 hrs it was established that both persons were safely ashore and the lifeboat was stood down. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 15:35hrs.

16/17 - Person in Water - Glasgow (Tues 31st May at 08:10 hrs)

At 08:10 hrs, Helensburgh Lifeboat crew were paged to assist in the search for a reported person in the water near Clyde Street, Glasgow. The lifeboat launched at 08:22hrs but was stood down at 08:29hrs as Glasgow based Fire and Rescue had managed to rescue the person from the water. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 08:35hrs.

16/16 - Concern for Person - Location Unknown (Mon 30th May at 02:10 hrs)

At 02:10hrs Belfast Coastguard and Police Scotland requested the assistance of Helensburgh Lifeboat to assist in the search for a missing person. The crew was paged and the lifeboat launched at 02:18hrs however was asked to stand down shortly afterwards and returned to station. The boat was reported ready for service again at 03:45hrs.

16/15 - Broken Down Speedboat - Greenock (Sun 29th May at 18:36 hrs)

At 18:36 hrs Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Launching Authority to request lifeboat launch as a 17ft speedboat had broken down just off the Ocean Terminal at Greenock with three persons on board. Helensburgh Lifeboat crew was paged and the lifeboat launched at 18:44hrs to give assistance. It was established that there was an issue with the propshaft and the speedboat was taken under tow to Newark castle slipway where the owner could retrieve it from the water. The lifeboat returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 19:55hrs.

Cancelled Launch (Sat 28th May at 02:31 hrs)

At the request of the police, the lifeboat crew was paged at 02:31 hrs to assist with an incident on the River Clyde in Glasgow however before the boat could be launched, the matter was satisfactorily resolved.

16/14 - Reported Person in Water - Greenock (Mon 23rd May at 00:26 hrs)

At 00:26 hrs, Helensburgh Lifeboat crew were paged to assist in the search for a reported person in the water near Custom House Quay, Greenock. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 00:43hrs and commenced a search of the local area along with Coastguard, Police and the Coastguard helicopter but with no person found. After discussions, the police established that the information received was a hoax call and all emergency services were stood down by Belfast Coastguard at 01:12hrs. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 01:45 hrs .

16/13 - Yacht Aground - Port Glasgow (Fri 13th May at 11:44 hrs)

Shortly before noon, Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Launching Authority to request lifeboat launch as an 8 metre yacht, with three persons on board, had gone aground on the Pillar Bank close to the Greenock Ocean Terminal. As the tide was flooding, the lifeboat stood by the casualty vessel until it refloated. At 12:58 hrs, the casualty vessel safely made its way to the James Watt dock and the lifeboat returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 13:35 hrs.

16/12 - Yacht with Fouled Prop - Port Glasgow (Sat 7th May at 21:43 hrs)

At 21:43 hrs, the Helensburgh Lifeboat crew was paged as assistance had been requested from the crew of a 27' yacht that had a rope round its prop; the wind direction was such that it prevented the crew sailing the vessel back to the James Watt dock. Once on scene the lifeboat crew discovered that the crew of the yacht had just managed to free the rope and therefore were able to return under their own power. The lifeboat escorted the yacht until it was safely alongside in the dock and then returned to base.

16/11 - Person in Water - Port Glasgow (Wed 4th May at 16:40 hrs)

At 16:34 hrs, Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch as they had received a report from the Police that there was a male standing in the water close to Newark Castle. Before the lifeboat arrived on scene however the crew was asked to stand down as the man was now out of the water and talking to the Police; apparently he had been mussel picking and required no assistance! (It should be noted that Atlantic 75 class lifeboats are not fitted with mussel picking equipment as standard). The lifeboat was back on station again at 17:27 hrs.

16/10 - Possible Upturned Hull Reported (Sat 23rd April at 20:44 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Operations Manager at 20:44 hrs to advise that they had received a report of what appeared to be an upturned vessel off Kilcreggan with two persons on the hull. Although it was an unconfirmed sighting, it was agreed that the lifeboat would launch and investigate while there was still some daylight. The lifeboat was duly launched and conducted a search of the area along with an MoD Police Launch and two local passenger ferries with nothing untoward sighted. The search was called off at 21:20 hrs as it was concluded that this was a false alarm with good intent. The lifeboat was reported to be back on station and ready for service again at 21:58 hrs.

16/09 - Yacht aground - Dumbarton (Wed 20th April at 14:00 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Launching Authority at 14:00 hrs to advise that there was a 44' yacht aground at the mouth of the River Leven. Although the tide was on the ebb, the Coastguard requested that the lifeboat attend to establish the situation on board the casualty vessel. The lifeboat was duly launched and proceeded to the area where the crew located the yacht hard aground on a sand bank as reported some 10 metres outside the channel (which is not buoyed). As the yacht could not be refloated at that time, it was agreed that a crew would return later in the evening to confirm that the yacht refloated safely. The lifeboat crew therefore landed one of the yacht's crew plus two dogs at Sandpoint Marina before returning to base. A second crew was selected to go out later in the evening.

At 00:10 hrs, the lifeboat crew launched again and proceeded to Dumbarton in time to confirm that the yacht had refloated safely; it was the intention of the yacht's crew to continue their passage to Kip marina. Having confirmed that all was well, the lifeboat crew returned to base and reported ready for service again at 01:20 hrs.

Click to view image of yacht and lifeboat

16/08 - Yacht taking in Water (Mon 18th April at 20:23 hrs)

At 20:23 hrs the Helensburgh lifeboat crew was paged after the owner of a 41' yacht reported that his vessel was taking in water; the yacht, which was on a mooring off Rosneath at the time, had only been launched that day. Fortunately the owner had gone to check the yacht and had noticed that it was lying low in the water. Once on scene the lifeboat crew started to pump the sea water out of the vessel and then towed it to a nearby boatyard where it was put on a hoist and the remainder of the water pumped out. The lifeboat then returned to base and was reported to be ready for service again at 21:50 hrs.

16/07 - Concern for Dinghy Sailor (Sat 25th March at 13:12 hrs)

Shortly after 13:00 hrs, Belfast Coastguard received a call from a member of the public who was concerned for a dingy sailor in the Gareloch who had been seen to capsize a number of times. After launching, the lifeboat crew proceeded to the area where the crew located the dinghy (which had just capsized again). The 'casualty' was fit, well and competent and was in no need of assistance; should he do so a naval vessel in the area could render assistance. The lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 13:56 hrs. This was a false alarm with good intent.

16/06 - Concern for Missing Person (Sat 5th March at 17:27 hrs)

This was a false alarm with good intent. At 17:27 hrs, the Helensburgh Lifeboat Crew was paged after Belfast Coastguard received a report from a lady in Dumbarton who reported that her husband may be stuck in the mud on the shore between Cardross and Dumbarton. When she had called him on his mobile phone, all she could hear was the splashing of water. In addition to Helensburgh Lifeboat, two Coastguard Rescue Teams and the Coastguard helicopter were involved in a search of the area. At 18:20 hrs however the search was called off as the missing man had turned up safe and well. The lifeboat returned to base and was reported to be ready for service again at 19:00 hrs.

16/05 - Dinghy Adrift - Kempock Point (Sun 28th Feb at 07:35 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard contacted Helensburgh Lifeboat at 07:35 hrs to request assistance as what appeared to be an abandoned dinghy was adrift in the channel at Kempock Point and was considered to be a navigation hazard. The Operations Manager agreed to assist and the crew was paged. At 08:00 hrs the lifeboat crew reported that they were alongside the dinghy which was in a poor state with no signs of recent occupancy; it was agreed the lifeboat would tow it to Cardwell Bay and hand it over to the Greenock Coastguard Rescue Team to be made secure. It transpired that the dinghy had been on a mooring in Cardwell Bay. Once all was secure, the lifeboat returned to base and was reported ready for service again at 09:20 hrs.

16/04 - Report of Windsurfing Board & Sail. (Sat 20th Feb at 17:31 hrs)

At 17:31 hrs, Belfast Coastguard activated the crew pagers as a reported windsurfer board and sail had been sighted in the Gareloch with no sign of the windsurfer. The lifeboat launched at 17:35hrs and conducted a search of the general area and coastline with no sign of the windsurfer. Further information was then received which confirmed that the windsurfer had actually left the area safe and well. The lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service at 18:40hrs.

16/03 - Yacht Aground - Battery Park. (Sat 20th Feb at 11:26 hrs)

At 11:26 hrs, Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Launching Authority to request launch of the lifeboat to attend a yacht aground off Battery Park. The crew was paged and the lifeboat launched however attempts to refloat it had to be abandoned at that time due to the volume of water in the vessel, which had a hole in the hull, and the state of the tide. It was agreed that the lifeboat would return the following morning with a salvage pump to assist with refloating of the yacht, giving the owner time to patch the hull. Efforts to refloat the vessel continued the next day.

16/02 - Report of Person in Water. (Mon 15th Feb at 11:25 hrs)

At 11:25 hrs, Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch after receiving a report that there was a person in the River Leven near Dumbarton Bridge. Fire & Rescue were on scene and the Coastguard Rescue helicopter had also been tasked to attend. While the lifeboat was on passage however, the crew was asked to stand down and return to base as a member of the public in a small dinghy had gone to the assistance of the casualty and had managed to get him safely ashore where he was being checked out by an ambulance crew. The lifeboat was back on station and reported to be ready for service again at 12:59 hrs.

16/01 - Report of Drifting 'Mine'. (Tues 19th Jan at 18:30 hrs)

This was a false alarm with good intent. At 18:18 hrs, Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Operations Manager to advise that they had received a report of what was thought to be a floating 'mine' some 200 metres off McInroys Point, Gourock. The first informant had described it as orange in colour with 'prongs sticking out of it'! The Coastguard was attempting to get a helicopter to investigate however wished to have an asset 'on the ground' to investigate it once located. (As things turned out the helicopter was unavailable). The Operations Manager agreed to launch and the lifeboat crew was paged. Once afloat, the lifeboat proceeded to the area where, along with the Greenock Coastguard Rescue Team and a MoD Police Launch, conducted a search of the area. It was confirmed that this was a false alarm with good intent after a Police Officer liaised directly with the first informant and the Police Launch illuminated what was thought to be the object seen - i.e. an orange mooring buoy. All involved were instructed to stand down at 19:25 hrs therefore the lifeboat returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 20:05 hrs.

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