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"I'm sure they'll come back for me!"

17/36 - Incident at Erskine Bridge (Friday 29th Dec at 19:44 hrs)

Information withheld.

17/35 - Engine Problems - Holy Loch (Friday 29th Dec at 10:45 hrs)

At 10:28 hrs the UK Coastguard contacted Helensburgh Lifeboat to request lifeboat assistance as a small commercial fishing boat had broken down at the mouth of the Holy Loch. As the nearest vessel able to help was 40 minutes away, it was agreed that the lifeboat would be launched to assist. After launching at 10:45 hrs the lifeboat made passage to Strone Point where the crew located the casualty vessel - a 5 metre creel fishing boat that had engine problems; three persons were on board. The vessel was taken in tow to the Holy Loch marina where it was tied alongside. The ILB returned to base and reported ready for service again at 12:35 hrs. (This was the same vessel that the lifeboat assisted on 27th December).

17/34 - Engine Problems - Holy Loch (Wednesday 27th Dec at 13:35 hrs)

At 13:25 hrs the UK Coastguard contacted Helensburgh Lifeboat to request lifeboat assistance as a small commercial fishing boat had broken down at the mouth of the Holy Loch. It was agreed that the lifeboat would be launched and the crew was paged. After launching at 13:35 hrs the lifeboat made passage to the Holy Loch where the crew located the casualty vessel - a 5 metre creel fishing boat that had engine problems; two persons were on board. The vessel was taken in tow to the Holy Loch marina where it was tied alongside. The ILB returned to base and reported ready for service again at 15:00 hrs.

17/33 - Engine Problems - Gareloch (Sunday 10th Dec at 16:21 hrs)

Helensburgh's new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, the Angus and Muriel MacKay, launched on service for the first time at 16:21 hrs to go to the assistance of a 9 metre Ketch which was experiencing engine problems in the Gareloch. With no wind and total engine failure the yacht was drifting. The lifeboat crew therefore towed the yacht to Rhu Marina where it was secured alongside, thereafter returning to base and reporting ready for service again at 17:17 hrs.

17/32 - Vessel Adrift - Cardwell Bay (Thurs 7th Dec at 11:52 hrs)

The UK Coastguard contacted the crew of Helensburgh lifeboat while they were out on exercise and asked if they were available to investigate a report of a yacht adrift in Cardwell Bay. At 11:57 hrs the lifeboat crew advised that they were on scene and the vessel, a Contessa 33 yacht, was only just aground and did not appear to have any visible damage; there were no persons on board. The lifeboat crew therefore towed the vessel off the shore and secured it to a mooring in the bay, thereafter returning to base and reporting ready for service again at 12:50 hrs.

17/31 - Incident at Port Glasgow (Wed 6th Dec at 21:58 hrs)

Information withheld.

17/30 - Yacht with Engine failure - Gourock (Wed 25th Oct at 13.51 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 13:51 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the owner of a 21ft Catamaran that had lost all engine functionality and was drifting close to the shoreline just off the Cloch Point near Gourock. Once on scene the lifeboat crew ascertained that the best option would be for the lifeboat to take the vessel under tow into Kip marina. After securing the vessel, which had with 1 person on board, the lifeboat returned to Station.

The lifeboat was back on station and reported ready for service again at 15:50hrs

17/29 - Vessel Adrift at McInroy's Point (Sat 21st Oct at 15:14 hrs)

At 15:14 hrs Helensburgh lifeboat was contacted by the UK Coastguard as a report had been received that there was an 16' vessel adrift off Gourock. The lifeboat was duly launched and proceeded to the area where they located the casualty vessel which had no persons on board and was full of debris. The lifeboat crew towed the vessel and secured it ashore near Gourock sailing club. The lifeboat returned to station and was reported ready for service again at 16:52 hrs.

17/28 - Incident at Greenock Esplanade (Mon 25th Sept at 12:55 hrs)

Information withheld.

17/27 - Vessel Adrift - Hunter's Quay (Sun 24th Sept at 11:57 hrs)

At 11:57 hrs the RNLI Helensburgh lifeboat station was contacted by the UK Coastguard after a report had been received that there was an 18' yacht adrift off Hunter's Quay which was taking in water. The lifeboat was duly launched and proceeded to the area where they located the casualty vessel which was being towed by another yacht. After inspection it was found that the vessel was not actually taking in water but with no wind and an outboard engine that would not start, assistance was required. The lifeboat crew therefore towed the yacht to Sandbank Marina where it was secured alongside, thereafter returning to base and reporting ready for service again at 13:29 hrs.

17/26 - Incident at Glasgow Science Centre (Sun 23rd Sept at 20:18 hrs)

Information withheld.

17/25 - Yacht Adrift (Sun 17th Sept at 18:39 hrs)

As the lifeboat was about to return to base after attending to a grounded yacht on the Cockle Bank, the UK Coastguard asked the lifeboat crew if they could help the crew of another yacht which required assistance to get back to Kip Marina; apparently there was no wind and their engine would not start. Normally the RNLI Largs lifeboat would have gone to their assistance as the yacht was mid way between Rothesay and Wemyss Bay, however Largs was out on a 'shout' at the time. At 18:59 hrs the lifeboat crew reported that they were alongside the vessel which was under tow by another yacht. After taking over the tow, the lifeboat towed the yacht back to Kip Marina and then returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 20:30 hrs.

17/24 - Yacht Aground (Sun 14th Sept at 17:45 hrs)

The RNLI Helensburgh lifeboat crew was paged at 17:45 hrs after the crew of a 6 metre yacht contacted the UK Coastguard seeking assistance after going aground on the Cockle Bank off Port Glasgow; the vessel had been on passage from Rhu to Dumbarton. After launching, the lifeboat crew made passage to the area where they located the vessel which they refloated and took in tow to the James Watt Dock until it could be confirmed that no damage had been done to the hull before continuing on passage to Dumbarton. At 18:39 hrs the lifeboat crew advise that the vessel was secure and that they were returning to base.

Before returning to base however the Coastguard diverted the lifeboat to another incident - see shout #25.

17/23 - Broken Down Jetski - Port Glasgow (Wed 30th Aug at 17:13 hrs)

At 17:13 hrs the UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch after information was received that a jetski with two persons on board had broken down off Ferguson's shipyard, Port Glasgow. After launching at 17:20 hrs the lifeboat proceeded to the area where the crew located the jetski and took the two persons on board the lifeboat then towed the jetski to Coronation Park where it was recovered and the two casualties landed. Apart from being cold, the two casualties required no medical attention. The lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 18:35 hrs.

17/22 - Incident at Helensburgh (Sun 27th Aug at 10:37 hrs)

Information withheld.

17/21 - Yacht in Difficulty - Port Glasgow (Sun 20th Aug at 19:06 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested that the lifeboat launch at 19:06 hrs after a report was received from a member of the public that there was a 25ft Yacht in difficulty off Port Glasgow. The lifeboat launched at 19:13 hours and reached the yacht at 19:22hrs. Once on scene it was established that the owner was testing out the manoeuvrability of his yacht and that no further assistance was required. That being the case, the lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service at 19:35hrs.

17/20 - Engine Failure at Cloch Point(Fri 18th Aug at 21:46 hrs)

UK Coatguard requested lifeboat launch at 21:46 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the owner of a 37ft motor vessel that had lost all engine functionality and with 2 anchors deployed the vessel was drifting very close to the shoreline just off Cloch point, Gourock. A police launch and other vessels were on scene and assistance given to ensure the motor vessel didn't run aground prior to the lifeboat arriving. Once on scene the lifeboat crew along with the police launch and Belfast Coastguard ascertained that the best option would be for the lifeboat to take the vessel under tow into Sandbank Marina in the Holy Loch. After securing the vessel with 4 persons on board, the lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 23:47 hrs.

17/19 - Report of Yacht Adrift/Dragging Anchor (Sun 13th Aug at 18:31 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat station was contacted by the UK Coastguard at 18:22 hrs after a report was received that a vessel with tender attached appeared to be either adrift, or dragging its anchor, in the vicinity of Blairmore; the Coastguard wanted to confirm that there was no-one on board the vessel. After launching at 18:31 hrs, the lifeboat crew proceeded to the Blairmore area where they located the vessel, a 24' fishing boat. Although the vessel had an anchor deployed it had been insufficient to hold the vessel which was slowly drifting; the cabin was locked and there no persons on board. A search for the person or persons who had been on board the vessel was then initiated; in addition to the lifeboat, Coastguard Rescue Teams from Dunoon and Greenock, Police Scotland and a CMU Police Boat were all involved. After an extensive investigation and search of the area, it transpired that the casualty vessel had developed engine problems and the two persons on board had been conveyed to Cardwell Bay by a passing good Samaritan in an orange RIB. As they were found to be safe and well ashore all resources involved in the search were asked to stand down. The lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 20:35.

Click to view image of casualty vessel

17/18 - Report of Persons on Sandbank (Thurs 10th Aug at 18:47 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat was launched at 18:47 hrs after the UK Coastguard received a report from a member of the public that there were several persons stranded on a sandbank between Langbank and Dumbarton. Once the lifeboat arrived on scene, with the support of the Greenock Coastguard Rescue Team, it was established that the 'casualties' were in fact fly fishermen who required no assistance. As this was a false alarm with good intent, the lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 19:58 hrs.

17/17 - Jetski in Difficulty - Battery Park (Sun 23rd July at 14:46 hrs)

The lifeboat was launched at 14:46 hrs after a member of the public phoned the UK Coastguard to report that there appeared to be a broken down jetski off Battery Park. It was reported that there was a person in the water 'pushing' the jetski. While the lifeboat was on passage to the scene, the crew of the Pilot Cutter reported that the swimmer propelled jetski was now very close to shore and was making better progress than expected. That being the case the lifeboat crew was asked to stand down and return to base. The Greenock Coastguard Rescue Team was on scene to ensure that the jetski was recovered safely.

17/16 - Person fallen from Dinghy - Holy Loch (Fri 21st July at 11:06 hrs)

The lifeboat crew was paged by the UK Coastguard at 11:06 hrs after information was received that a man had fallen out of a dinghy in the Holy Loch; although the man's colleague had managed to get him back on board the vessel, persons on shore were concerned about his wellbeing. While on passage to the Holy Loch however the lifeboat crew was requested to return to base as a local vessel had gone to assist and had managed to land the casualty ashore where he was being treated by an ambulance crew.

17/15 - Yacht adrift - Cove (Thurs 20th July at 18:50 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 18:50 hrs after a report was received that a 27' yacht, with one person on board, was drifting towards the shore close to the Cove Sailing Club; apparently the owner had been returning the yacht to its mooring when the outboard engine failed. Once on scene the lifeboat crew rigged a stern tow and pulled the yacht off the beach and then secured it back on its mooring, thereafter landing the owner back on shore. No apparent damage had been caused to the yacht's hull. The ILB returned to base and reported ready for service again at 20:14 hrs.

Click to view image of yacht and lifeboat

17/14 - Persons in Water - Gourock (Wed 12th July at 14:11 hrs)

The Helensburgh lifeboat crew was paged at 14:11 hrs after Belfast Coastguard received a report that there were 2 persons in the water at Gourock. The lifeboat crew duly assembled and the lifeboat launched at 14:19hrs. On arrival one person was ashore and the other required assistance by the lifeboat crew. Both casualties apparently ended up in the water after their dingy had capsized. The lifeboat crew, with the assistance of a paramedic, took both casualties to a nearby Jetty where an ambulance was waiting to treat them. The lifeboat returned to base and was reported ready for service again at 15:29hrs.

17/13 - AIS* Showing Vessel Aground (Mon 10th July at 22:01 hrs)

At 22:01 hrs Helensburgh lifeboat was asked by the UK Coastguard if they could check whether there was a vessel aground off Greenock and if so were all persons on board ok; the reason for the request was that the Coastguard had picked up an internal AIS* signal from a vessel, the name of which they could identify, which showed that it was aground on the sandbanks opposite Victoria Dock. With the exact position of the casualty known, the lifeboat launched at 22:05 hrs and proceeded to the area; also involved were a Police Launch and the Greenock Coastguard. With no sign of a vessel aground in the area, and with no signs of debris at the exact location, at 22:28 hrs all involved were asked to stand down as the Coastguard was satisfied that no vessel was in distress.

*(Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) are designed to be capable of providing information about a ship to other ships and to coastal authorities automatically. Information provided includes a ship's identity, type, position, course, speed, navigational status and other safety-related information).

17/12 - Incident at Greenock (Tues 27th June at 12:38 hrs)

Information withheld.

17/11 - Incident at Greenock (Mon 26th June at 16:23 hrs)

Information withheld.

17/10 - Report of Dinghy Adrift (Sun 25th June at 13:23 hrs)

At 13:23 hrs Helensburgh lifeboat was requested to launch after the UK Coastguard received a report that there was a small dinghy adrift off Port Glasgow. Shortly after launch however the lifeboat was requested to return to base as the crew of the dinghy had managed to reach shore safely.

17/09 - Yacht with Engine Failure (Sat 24th June at 17:05 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 17:05 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the owner of a 27ft yacht that had lost all engines functionality just off Helensburgh sea front. Once on scene the lifeboat crew ascertained that the best option would be for the lifeboat to take the vessel under tow into Rhu marina. After securing the vessel, which had 3 persons on board, the lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 18:15hrs.

17/08 - Report of Person in Water (Wed 14th June at 21:40 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat was requested to launch at 21:40 hrs after the Police received a report from a member of the public that there was a person in the water at Langbank. The lifeboat crew duly assembled and the boat was launched however shortly after going afloat the crew was asked to stand down and return to base as the Police had determined that the person was in fact happily fishing and required no assistance.

17/07 - Police Incident (Wed 14th June at 14:12 hrs)

The crew pagers were activated at 14:12 hrs as the RNLI had been asked to support a Police incident off Helensburgh seafront. At 14:35 hrs however the crew was asked to stand down and return to base as the situation had been resolved.

17/06 - Incident at Greenock (Wed 14th June at 01:15 hrs)

Information withheld.

17/05 - Motor Vessel - Engine Failure (Sun 7th May at 14:30 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 14:30 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the owner of a 36ft motor vessel that had lost all engine functionality just off Rosneath point. Once on scene the lifeboat crew, along with a police launch, ascertained that the best option would be for the lifeboat to take the vessel under tow into James Watt dock. After securing the vessel, which had 2 persons and 1 dog on board, the lifeboat returned to base and was reported ready for service again at 16:00 hrs.

17/04 - Yacht Aground - Rhu Spit (Mon 24th Apr at 10:30 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 10:30 hrs after receiving a call from the crew of a RIB which had reportedly gone ashore on the Gareloch side of Rhu Spit. Apparently the RIB had been towing a yacht from Rosneath to the RNCYC moorings, however when the RIB's engine failed both the RIB and yacht had dropped anchor albeit both being close to shore with an onshore wind blowing. As a workboat was intending to tow the RIB back to Rhu Marina, and as the yacht had now gone aground on Rhu Spit, the lifeboat was launched with the intention of refloating it. Once on scene, the lifeboat crew secured a tow, and when pulled clear, proceeded to secure the vessel on a spare RNCYC mooring, thereafter returning to base. The lifeboat was reported to be ready for service again at 11:45 hrs.

17/03 - Yacht Aground - Greeock Bank (Sun 23rd Apr at 15:18 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat was launched at 15:18 hrs after the UK Coastguard received a call for assistance from the crew of a 38' yacht that had gone aground on the edge of the Greenock Bank. Once on scene the lifeboat crew established that no damage had been done to the hull of the yacht however, as the tide was ebbing all the lifeboat crew could do was to lay out an anchor and advise the yacht's crew how to navigate back into deeper water once the tide flooded. Having done so the lifeboat crew returned to base and reported ready for service at 17:15 hrs.

17/02 - Yacht Aground - Helensburgh (Sun 9th Apr at 17:01 hrs)

At 17:01 hrs, the UK Coastguard sent out a 'Launch lifeboat' signal after receiving a request for assistance from the crew of a yacht which had gone aground off the Helensburgh seafront just East of the pier. The tide was on the ebb and the yacht had one person on board who reported that the vessel appeared to be taking in water. After launching, the lifeboat crew proceeded to the area where, after locating the casualty, they managed to tow it clear of the rocks. They then took it in tow back to Rhu Marina where it was recovered onto it's own launching trolley. The lifeboat was refuelled and reported to be back on service again at 18:55 hrs.

17/01 - Fouled Prop - Port Glasgow (Fri 25th Mar at 18.26 hrs)

At 18:15 hrs the UK Coastguard paged a Launch Request after receiving a call for assistance from the crew of a 24' motor cruiser which had had to drop anchor after getting a mooring line round its prop; the vessel was in the vicinity of the James Watt Dock. The lifeboat crew was duly paged and the boat launched at 18:26 hrs. Once on scene the lifeboat crew freed the prop from the mooring which enabled the cruiser to complete it's passage. The lifeboat then returned to station and reported ready for service again at 19:27 hrs.

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