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18/30 - Report of Person in Water - Hoax Call (Tues 6th Nov at 13:15 hrs)

At 13:15 hrs on Tuesday 6th November, 2018, Helensburgh RNLI lifeboat was launched after a report was received of a person in the water at the James Watt Dock, Port Glasgow. When the boat arrived at the dock however the lifeboat crew was advised that this was a hoax call which had been made from Helensburgh. The lifeboat was back on station again at 14:15 hrs.

Keith Shipman, Press Officer for Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat, condemned the stupid action in making a hoax call. The lives of the volunteer crew are at risk every time the lifeboat puts to sea. Additionally, should there have been a genuine call at the same time, someone could have died as a result of the delay.

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18/29 - Dinghy Aground - Langbank (Sat 27th Oct at 10:40 hrs)

Helensburgh Lifeboat was alerted by the Coastguard at 10:25 hrs of a sailing dinghy apparently in distress near Dumbarton Rock. The Lifeboat launched at 10:40 hrs and went directly to the area where the crew found a sailing dinghy aground on a sandbank opposite Langbank. There were no persons with the dinghy and it did not have a mast. It appeared to have come adrift from its mooring. The Lifeboat crew took the dinghy in tow and deposited it safely at the James Watt Dock before returning to station and reporting ready for service again at 12:15 hrs.

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18/28 - Yachts Adrift - HSC Moorings (Fri 12th Oct at 11:33 hrs)

The UK Coastguard put out a 'Launch Request' signal at 11:13 hrs after a report was received that a 33' yacht had broken free from its mooring and was being being blown towards the shore by the strong wind. Before the lifeboat could be launched information was received that a workboat from Rhu Marina had gone out to assist and was proceeding to tow the yacht into the marina.

At 11:33 hrs however the lifeboat did launch when a second yacht was seen to have broken free from its mooring. Before it reached shore the lifeboat crew secured a line to it and towed it into Rhu Marina where it was made secure.

The lifeboat was back on station and reported ready for service again at 12:45 hrs.

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18/27 - Yacht Aground - Greenock (Sun 16th Sept at 13:39 hrs)

At 13:39 hours the lifeboat was launched in response to a report of a 32 foot yacht in difficulty between James Watt Dock and Gourock. Upon arrival on scene the lifeboat crew found that although the vessel had run aground it had freed itself prior to the lifeboat's arrival. The lifeboat escorted the yacht to James Watt Dock before returning to Rhu Marina. It was reported ready for service again at 14:20 hours.

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18/26 - Yacht Adrift - Kilcreggan (Sat 8th Sept at 13:57 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 13:57 hrs to go to the assistance of a 28' yacht that was adrift off Kilcreggan and with two persons on board. With no wind and having gearbox problems, which meant that they were unable to use their engine, assistance had been requested. At 14:07 hrs the lifeboat was alongside the casualty and after rigging a tow, took the yacht back to its mooring in Camsail Bay where it was made secure.

The lifeboat returned to base and was reported to be ready for service again at 15:35 hrs.

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18/25 - Dog in Water - Dunglass Castle (Thurs 23rd Aug at 13:00 hrs)

While the lifeboat crew was out on exercise they were contacted by Belfast Coastguard and asked to check a report of a sighting of a dog stranded on a channel marker opposite Dunglass Castle and to determine if there were any persons stranded with the dog. The lifeboat proceeded to the scene and found a large dog next to a navigation marker as reported. There was no sign of anyone with the dog. The dog was taken onto the lifeboat and the Coastguard contacted who in turn contacted the SSPCA. It was agreed that the lifeboat crew would meet them at Sandpoint Marina on the River Leven. The dog was handed over to them at that location.

The lifeboat returned to base and was reported ready for service again at 15:00hrs.

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(Details of exercise track also shown)


(Post Shout Note :- Some further news regarding this shout. We were delighted to be able to help rescue 'Buster' who has been reunited with his family. He had apparently been down on the Erskine Beach the day before and had been chasing birds in and out of the water and just kept running out of sight! Safe to say the crew were more than relieved to find out that 6 stone Buster was very friendly!)

18/24 - Report of Person in Water - Holy Loch (Mon 13th Aug at 20:05 hrs)

The lifeboat crew was asked to launch shortly before 20:00 hrs on Monday in response to a report of a person clinging to a small fishing boat off Graham's Point in the Holy Loch. A police RIB and other vessels also attended the call however by the time the Helensburgh lifeboat reached the scene the person was no longer in the water. The lifeboat crew attending went ashore to check the welfare of the person along with the Dunoon Coastguard Rescue Team to ensure there were no medical issues.

At 20:30 hrs the lifeboat was asked to stand down by Belfast Coastguard. The lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 21:20 hrs.

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18/23 - Report of Persons in Water - Clynder (Sun 12th Aug at 16:35 hrs)

The UK Coastguard paged a Launch ILB signal at 16:26 hrs after they received a report of 2 persons in the water clinging to a boat off Clynder. At 16:35 hrs the lifeboat was launched, reaching the casualty at 16:42 hrs. The 2 persons in the water were trying to recover a speedboat from its mooring to the shore however the vessel was barely afloat. The lifeboat crew advised that this was going to be a futile exercise due to the amount of water the boat had taken on board and that the safest option was to ensure that they both proceeded back to the shore. Once ashore they were met by the Kilcreggan Coastguard Rescue Team.

The lifeboat returned to station and was reported ready for service again at 17:10 hrs.

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18/22 - Motor Vessel Engine Failure - Rosneath (Tues 31st July at 19:38 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 19:24 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the owner of an 18 ft motor vessel that had engine failure and was unable to reach any mooring. The crew was paged and the lifeboat launched at 19:38 hrs, arriving on scene at 19:45 hrs. Once alongside, the lifeboat crew tried to restart the engine with some success however ended up just towing the motor vessel back onto a mooring at Rosneath and once secured taking the owner back ashore.

The lifeboat was back on station and reported ready for service again 20:24hrs.

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18/21 - Report of Missing Person - Helensburgh (Mon 23rd July at 23:24 hrs)

The UK Coastguard paged a 'Launch request' at 23:08 hrs after they had received a report of a missing 82 year old male in Helensburgh. At 23:16 hrs the crew was paged and the lifeboat launched. The lifeboat then conducted a shore search from Rhu marina along towards Craigendoran. At 23:54 hrs however it was reported that the gentleman had been found safe and well and the lifeboat stood down from the search.

The lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 00:20 hrs.

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18/20 - Motor Vessel Engine Failure - Port Glasgow (Sun 21st July at 19:46 hrs)

UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 19:30 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the owner of an 18 ft motor vessel that had lost power and was drifting off Kelvin Park, Port Glasgow. The lifeboat launched at 19:46 hrs and arrived on scene at 20:00 hrs by which time the the crew of the casualty vessel had managed to get ashore at Newark Castle; Greenock Coastguard was on scene to assist. As the casualty vessel had an auxiliary outboard engine, the lifeboat crew escorted it back to East India Dock and secured the vessel onto one of the pontoons.

The lifeboat was back on station and reported ready for service again 21:20 hrs.

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18/19 - Report of Diver in Difficulty - Dunoon (Thurs 12th July at 00:18 hrs)

The UK Coastguard paged a 'Launch ILB' signal at 00:08 hrs after they received a report of a Diver in difficulty between McInroy's Point and Dunoon. The lifeboat launched at 00:18 hrs and proceeded to the reported casualty area to start a search. Helensburgh Lifeboat, Largs Lifeboat, local Coastguard teams and a police launch were used to search the area and check with other vessels if they had any reports or sightings. After a thorough search on both sides of the estuary with nothing found, Belfast Coastguard called off the search at 01:23 hrs.

The lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 02:05 hrs.

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18/18 - Yacht with Engine Failure - Rosneath (Sun 8th July at 23:20 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 23:05 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the crew of a 26ft yacht with engine failure; there were 4 persons on board and the yacht was reported to be just off Rosneath Point. The crew were paged at 23:14 hrs and the lifeboat launched at 23:20 hrs.

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 where it would be safer for the yacht crew to get ashore safely as none of the crew were wearing life jackets. After securing the vessel onto the pontoons at the marina the lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 00:40 hrs.

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18/17 - Drifting Dinghy - Helensburgh (Wed 20th June at 16:51 hrs)

The UK Coastguard paged a Launch request at 16:51 hrs to investigate a dinghy adrift off Helensburgh Pier which appeared to have no persons on board. The crew was paged at 16:53 hrs and the lifeboat launched at 17:03 hrs. Once on scene the crew brought the dinghy ashore at Helensburgh pier and handed it over to the local Coastguard Team who had managed to contact the owner of the dinghy; they established that there had been no one on board.

The lifeboat was back on station and reported ready for service again at 17:57 hrs.

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18/16 - Windsurfer in Difficulty - Greenock (Mon 18th June at 14:08 hrs)

The UK Coastguard paged a 'Launch ILB' signal at 14:08 hrs after they had received a report of a windsurfer in difficulty off the Greenock Esplanade. At 14:20 hrs the lifeboat was launched, reaching the casualty at 14:26 hrs. Once on scene the lifeboat crew discovered that the casualty had already managed to make his way ashore and was being checked by the on scene Greenock Coastguard teams.

The lifeboat was asked to stand down by Belfast Coastguard, thereafter returning to station and reporting ready for service again at 14:55 hrs.

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18/15 - Drifting Yacht - Helensburgh (Thurs 14th June at 14:40 hrs)

Helensburgh RNLI received a call reporting that a yacht was drifting towards the shore at Cairndhu, Helensburgh. Belfast Coastguard was contacted at 14:40 hrs and the lifeboat crew paged. The lifeboat launch at 14:50 hrs to a 33' yacht which was unmanned and drifting close to the shore; fortunately it was initially taken under tow by a MoD police boat which prevented it going aground; the tow was transferred to the lifeboat which then towed it into Rhu marina.

The lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 15:45 hrs.

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Cancelled Launch (Tues 12th June at 18:39 hrs)

The lifeboat crew was paged at 18:40 hrs after a report was received that there were persons in difficulty in an inflatable dinghy off the Gantocks (Dunoon). They were not wearing life jackets and had only one paddle however did manage to get ashore before the lifeboat launched.

WEAR A LIFE JACKET! IT MIGHT SAVE YOUR LIFE.

18/14 - Report of Person in Water - Craigendoran (Sun 10th June at 14:53 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 14:53 hrs to a person intending to swim out to the sugar ship; the person was under the influence of alcohol. The crew was paged and after the lifeboat was launched (at 15:02 hrs) proceed to Craigendorran Pier. Having changed his mind about swimming to the sugar ship, the person was out of the water when the lifeboat reached the casualty, but the crew attending went ashore to check there were no medical issues and waited for the coastguard to arrive who then took over. At 15:58 hrs the lifeboat crew was asked to stand down by Belfast Coastguard.

The lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 16:03 hrs.

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18/13 - Report of Person in Water - Helensburgh (Mon 21st May at 20:51 hrs)

The UK Coastguard paged a 'Launch ILB' signal at 20:51 hrs after they had received a report of 2 persons in the water - possibly in difficulty. At 20:55 hrs the lifeboat was launched and reached the casualty area at 21:01 hrs, however both persons had fortunately made it to the shore safely and the lifeboat was asked to stand down by Belfast Coastguard.

The lifeboat returned to station and was reported to be ready for service again at 21:30hrs.

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18/12 - Fishing Vessel Engine Failure - Holy Loch (Sun 13th May at 18:54 hrs)

Belfast Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 19:24 hrs after receiving information about a broken down fishing vessel in the middle of the Holy Loch with 3 or 4 persons on board. The lifeboat launched at 19:38 hrs and proceeded towards the Holy Loch however was asked to stand down at 19:49 hrs just as it reached the entrance to the Holy; the fishing vessel had been taken under tow by a local boat and was being taken back to Sandbank marina.

The lifeboat was back on station and reported ready for service again 20:15hrs.

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18/11 - Report of Person in Water - Craigendoran Pier (Sun 13th May at 18:54 hrs)

The UK Coastguard paged a 'Launch ILB' signal at 18:54 hrs after receiving a report of a person in the water with a suspected fracture or broken leg at Craigendoran pier. At 18:58 hrs the lifeboat was launched but was requested to stand down by Belfast Coastguard at 19:01 hrs. The lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 19:08 hrs.

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Cancelled Launch (Thurs 10th May at 21:00 hrs)

Incident at Helensburgh pier. Resolved by Police.

Cancelled Launch (Sun 6th May at 20:13 hrs)

The lifeboat crew was paged after a member of the public called the Coastguard to report that they thought there was an inflatable dinghy adrift off the West Bay, Dunoon. It proved to be a false alarm with good intent however and the launch was cancelled.

18/10 - Diver in Difficulty - Loch Long (Sat 21st Apr at 11:48 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested an immediate launch of the lifeboat at 11:38 hrs after they had received a report of a Diver in extreme difficulty in Loch Long. The lifeboat launched at 11:48 hrs and reached the casualty area at 12:04 hrs. The coastguard helicopter, local coastguard, ambulance, police and air ambulance were all tasked and arrived on scene. The casualty was taken to hospital by helicopter. No further details are available.

The lifeboat returned to Station and was reported ready for service at 14:14 hrs.

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18/09 - Yacht Aground - Cloch Point (Sat 14th Apr at 14:07 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 14:07 hrs after receiving a request for assistance to a 27ft yacht that had gone aground with 3 persons onboard just South of Cloch Point. Once on scene the lifeboat crew ascertained that the best option would be to try and secure the vessel in its present position due to the state of the tide and for it to re float at the next high tide; the 3 crew on board the yacht had been offered to be taken ashore but decided to stay with the vessel.

After securing the vessel the lifeboat returned to Station.

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18/08 - Diver in Difficulty - Dunoon (Wed 11th Apr at 12:27 hrs)

The UK Coastguard paged a 'Launch ILB' signal at 12:19 hrs after they had received a report of a Diver in difficulty off Dunoon. The lifeboat launched at 12:27 hrs and proceeded to the area where the lifeboat crew discovered that the casualty had been taken on board a local ferry; also on scene was the coastguard helicopter. The casualty was taken to hospital for treatment.

The lifeboat was back on station and reported to be ready for service again at 14:14 hrs.

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18/07 - Motor Vessel Engine Failure - Port Glasgow (Tues 10th Apr at 14:05 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 13:55 hrs to a motor vessel drifting towards the rocks off Port Glasgow. The lifeboat launched at 14:05 hrs and arrived on scene at 14:21 hrs. Once on scene the lifeboat crew took the motor vessel under tow and secured it to a mooring buoy off Port Glasgow, thereafter returning to station and reporting ready for service again at 15:30 hrs.

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18/06 - Motor Vessel Engine Failure - Cardwell Bay (Mon 9th Apr at 17:00 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 16:41 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the owner of a 26ft motor vessel that had lost power while on passage from James Watt Dock. The lifeboat launched at 17:00 hrs and arrived on scene at 17:12 hrs. Once on scene the lifeboat crew took the motor vessel under tow back to the James Watt dock and made the vessel secure.

The lifeboat was back on station and reported to be ready for service again at 18:18 hrs.

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18/05 - Body in Water? (Tues 3rd Apr at 14:17 hrs)

This was a false alarm with good intent. At the request of the UK Coastguard, the lifeboat was launched at 14:17 hrs as a report had been received that what was thought to be a body had been sighted in the water close to the Golden Jubilee hospital. It turned out to be a log innocently drifting down river in the Easter sunshine!

The lifeboat was back on station and reported to be ready for service again at 15:10 hrs.

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Cancelled Launch (Mon 2nd Apr)

The lifeboat crew was assembled after a report was received that there had been a 'fracas' at Greenock railway station and the Police were concerned that a number of inebriated persons may jump into the river, however before launching the crew was asked to stand down as the situation had been resolved.

18/04 - Engine Failure - Helensburgh (Wed 21st Mar at 15:00 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch at 15:00 hrs after receiving a request for assistance from the owner of a 38ft yacht which had lost all engine functionality due to overheating. 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 the lifeboat returned to station, reporting ready for service again at 15:50hrs.

18/03 - Person Stranded on Yacht - Gourock (Thurs 1st Mar at 18:17 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat was launched at 18:17 hrs after the UK Coastguard received a report from a family member that his father was stranded on board his yacht; he was extremely cold and unable to get into the skiff for his return to shore due to sea and wind conditions. Once the lifeboat arrived on scene at Cardwell bay the casualty was taken on board the lifeboat and transferred to shore where the Greenock Coastguard team were available to assist.

The lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 19:40 hrs.

Cancelled Launch (Thurs 22nd Feb at 08:40 hrs)

False alarm with good intent. At the request of the UK Coastguard, the lifeboat crew was paged at 08:40 hrs as a report had been received that there was a person walking into the water up river from Dumbarton however it turned out to be a fisherman who required no assistance.

18/02 - Incident at Dumbarton (Friday 2nd Feb at 06:11 hrs)

Information withheld.

18/01 - Incident at Helensburgh (Monday 8th Jan at 14:02 hrs)

Information withheld.

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