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19/63 - Missing Person and Tender - Cardwell Bay (Sun 8th Dec at 10:50 hrs)

At 10:50 hrs on Sunday 8th the lifeboat resumed the shore search from Cardross to Helensburgh/Rhu. Nothing was found.

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19/61 & 19/62 - Missing Person and Tender - Cardwell Bay (Sat 7th Dec at 23:35 hrs)

At 23:35 hrs, at the request of HM Coastguard, Helensburgh Lifeboat was launched following a report that a person in a small tender was missing in the Cardwell Bay area. Whilst en-route it was reported that two persons in another tender were missing in the same locale. The second tender and two occupants were found attached to a mooring buoy and were picked up by the lifeboat at 23:50 hrs; it appears they were related to the original missing person and were searching for him.

The search continued for the original missing person with the assistance of HM Coastguard helicopter, police launches and other vessels. In view of the length of time the search had continued, and the challenging weather conditions, the lifeboat crew were changed and the search continued. As there had been no result to the search the lifeboat was stood down by HM Coastguard at 03:55 hrs with a view to resuming the search in daylight hours. The lifeboat was refueled and was ready for service at 04:24 hrs.

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19/60 - Concern for Person - Greenock (Fri 6th Dec at 19:33 hrs)

At 19:33 hrs on Friday, Police requested the launch of the lifeboat (via the UK Coastguard) to search for a person who was unsteady on her feet near the steps leading to the water at Margaret Street, Greenock. Vision of that person was then lost.

Launching at 19:42 the lifeboat conducted a search of the area from 19:50 hrs with the assistance of a Coastguard helicopter with nothing found untoward. At 20:54 hrs the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

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19/59 - Hoax Call (Fri 22nd Nov at 21:46 hrs)

19/57 & 19/58 - Missing Person - Cardwell Bay (Mon 11th Nov at 00:25 hrs)

The Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 00:25 hrs in response to a request from the UK Coastguard to assist in a search for a missing person in Cardwell Bay, Gourock. The lifeboat was on scene by 00:40 hrs and joined the search with a Coastguard Rescue Team. The search continued until 01:40 hrs without finding anyone at which point the lifeboat crew was asked to stand down. The lifeboat was back at base at 01:55 hrs.

At 09:00 hrs the lifeboat launched again and continued the search along with Police and a Coastguard Rescue Team. The search was continued until 10:15 hrs and again nothing was found. The lifeboat crew stood down at that time and returned to base.

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19/56 - Stranded - Cardwell Bay (Sun 3rd Nov at 20:25 hrs)

At 20:25 hrs HM Coastguard requested that Helensburgh Lifeboat go to the assistance of a boat owner whose tender had gone adrift in Cardwell Bay and which had drifted ashore in an unsuitable state for the owner to use. The boat owner was collected and transferred safely ashore. The lifeboat returned to station at 21:04 hrs.

19/55 - False Alarm - Dumbarton (Thurs 24th Oct at 14:44 hrs)

At 14:37 hrs HM Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh Lifeboat to investigate a report that a man had entered the water at the Westcliffe area of Dumbarton. The lifeboat launched at 14:44 hrs and arrived on scene at 15:04. It transpired that the man was a fisherman who had entered the water to fish and required no assistance. The lifeboat returned to station at 15:25 hrs.

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19/54 - Fouled Propellor - Barons Point (Tues 15th Oct at 18:24 hrs)

The UK Coastguard submitted a tasking request on Tuesday at 18:10 hrs reporting a vessel off Cove Bay (Barons Point), with three persons on board, had a creel pot line round its propeller and were seeking assistance. At 18:15 hrs the crew was summoned for immediate readiness and the lifeboat launched on service at 18:24 hrs, reaching the casualty at 18:35 hrs. Once the propeller of the 8 metre yacht was freed by the lifeboat crew, the yacht was escorted to Cardwell Bay where the ILB returned to station and the yacht continued to the James Watt Dock. The lifeboat returned to station at 19:35 hrs.

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19/53 - Concern for Missing Male - Helensburgh (Mon 7th Oct at 22:42 hrs)

On Monday 7th October the UK Coastguard contacted the station at 22:31 hrs requesting the lifeboat assist in the search for a male reported missing in the vicinity of Helensburgh Pier. Together with the local Coastguard Team, the lifeboat conducted a search of the area however with nothing found the lifeboat returned to station at 23:22 hrs.

19/52 - Hoax Call (Tues 24th Sept at 01:56 hrs)

19/51 - Incident at Erskine Bridge (Mon 23rd Sept at 11:20 hrs)

At 11:20 hrs HM Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Helensburgh lifeboat to a report of a person in the water at Erskine Bridge. HM Coastguard was also on scene and airlifted the casualty to Hospital. As there was a suspicion there may be other casualties the lifeboat remained on scene but was then stood down, arriving back at station at 14:00 hrs.

19/50 - Injured Walker - Ardmore (Sun 21st Sept at 17:59 hrs)

At 17:59 hrs the lifeboat was launched again following a request from HM Coastguard to evacuate a male who had suffered a suspected broken ankle whilst walking on the West side of Ardmore Point. Due to the nature of the terrain it was deemed that the lifeboat was best equipped to evacuate the casualty. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 18:15 hrs. The male was successfully transferred to the lifeboat, arriving back at Rhu Marina at 18:37 hrs. He was then transferred to the care of Scottish Ambulance.

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19/49 - Vessel Adrift - Port Glasgow (Sun 21st Sept at 13:36 hrs)

At 13:36 hrs Helensburgh lifeboat was launched following a request from HM Coastguard that a dinghy was adrift on the Cocklebank, River Clyde. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 13:50 hrs. The dinghy, with a body of a person on board, was taken under tow to Newark Castle. The lifeboat returned to station at 15:07 hrs.

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19/48 - Missing Person - Port Glasgow (Sun 15th Sept at 17:00 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 17:00 hrs in response to a request from the Coastguard to assist in the search for a missing person. The Lifeboat arrived at Port Glasgow at 17:10 hrs and started to search the shoreline. At 17:40 hrs the crew spotted a person on the shore who fitted exactly the description of the missing person and were able to guide the Police to the location where the person was taken into their care. The Lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 17:55 hrs.

19/47 - Fouled Prop - Gareloch (Sun 15th Sept at 13:10 hrs)

On Sunday at 13:10 hrs the station received information from the RNCYC that a yacht had fouled its propellor with its mooring pennant. The club launch was unable to assist the yacht, which had two persons on board, due to the weather. The lifeboat launched at 13:20 hrs and after locating the casualty took it in tow to Rhu Marina and made it secure. The lifeboat returned to station at 13:45 hrs.

19/46 - Yacht Aground - Gareloch (Sun 15th Sept at 12:15 hrs)

At 12:15 hrs a request was received from the RNCYC boatman for assistance to recover a small yacht (a Sonata) which had broken from its mooring. The boatman was at the Rhu Spit and was unable to recover the vessel on his own. The lifeboat was launched and reached the casualty at 12:40 hrs thereafter towing the yacht off the Spit and taking it to Rhu Marina where it was made secure. The lifeboat was back at the station at 13:10 hrs.

19/45 - Search for Missing Person - Erskine (Thurs 5th Sept at 23:51 hrs)

The lifeboat launched at 23:51 hrs in response to a tasking from the UK Coastguard to assist with a search for a missing person in the vicinity of the Erskine Bridge. While making passage towards the bridge the request was cancelled and the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 00:30 hrs.

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19/44 - 'Behaving Strangely' - Newark Castle (Mon 2nd Sept at 16:04 hrs)

At 16:04 hrs Helensburgh Lifeboat was launched to investigate a small Motor Vessel continuously circling off Newark Castle. A member of the public had reported it to the Coastguard who then requested the launch. The lifeboat arrived in the vicinity of Newark Castle at 16:20 hrs to discover that the vessel 'behaving strangely' was in fact a Survey Vessel 'Marine Sensor' conducting survey operations. The lifeboat was stood down and arrived back at the station at 16:40 hrs.

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19/43 - Man in Water - Greenock (Sun 1st Sept at 02:15 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard at 02:01 hrs to render assistance to a person in the water off the esplanade at Greenock. The lifeboat launched at 02:15 hrs and was on scene 10 minutes later. A young man was in the water, supported by a Coastguard Rescue Team swimmer, but the Rescue Team was unable to extract them to the shore. The lifeboat recovered both the casualty and the Rescue swimmer into the lifeboat and took them both to East India Dock. The casualty was then handed over to the waiting ambulance. A Coastguard Rescue Team, Police, Ambulance and the SAR Helicopter were all on scene. The lifeboat was back at the station at 03:24 hrs.

19/42 - Yacht Requiring Tow - Cove (Fri 30th Aug at 14:15 hrs)

Helensburgh Lifeboat Station received a tasking request from the UK Coastguard at 13:39 hrs to assist a MoD Police Vessel towing a yacht that had broken free from its mooring off Cove in Loch Long. After some discussion as to whether the services of the lifeboat were actually required it was agreed with HMCG to launch. The lifeboat launched at 14:15 hrs and reached the MoD Police Boat and casualty vessel at 15:10 hrs. The casualty vessel was unmanned and locked up; it was a Hylander 28 class vessel. The lifeboat took over the tow from the MoD Police Vessel and took the casualty vessel to Holy Loch Marina where it was passed over to a Coastguard Team. The lifeboat was back at the station at 16:00 hrs.

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19/41 - Upturned Dinghy - River Leven (Mon 12th Aug at 12:28 hrs)

At 12:28 hrs the UK Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh lifeboat to investigate a report of an upturned dinghy at the entrance of the river Leven. On arrival at 12:56 hrs the crew recovered the half portion of a wrecked dinghy believed to have been swept down the river in recent increased water flow. As the object could be a hazard to shipping it was towed to Sandpoint Marina in the Leven and secured for disposal by the local authority. The lifeboat was back on station at Rhu at 14:00 hrs.

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19/40 - Yacht Aground? - Rosneath (Thurs 8th Aug at 06:20 hrs)

At 06:20 hrs a member of the public reported a yacht aground at Culwatty Bay, Rosneath Point. Helensburgh lifeboat attended and found the yacht to be safely anchored with three persons on board asleep. No assistance was required. The lifeboat returned to station and was reported ready for service again at 06:53 hrs.

Cancelled Launch (Sun 4th Aug)

No details available.

19/39 - Person in Water - East India Harbour (Wed 31st Jul at 05:28 hrs)

Helensburgh Lifeboat launched at 05:28 hrs on Wed 31st July in response to an urgent request from the UK Coastguard to assist with a person in the water within East India Harbour, Greenock. When the lifeboat arrived on scene at 05:35 hrs Police and an Ambulance crew were assisting a young woman out of the water and into the ambulance. As lifeboat assistance was not required the crew was asked to stand down by the Coastguard at 05:37 hrs at which time the lifeboat returned to station.

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19/38 - Engine Failure - Ocean Terminal (Fri 26th Jul at 17:43 hrs)

On Friday at 17:43 hrs the UK Coastguard requested the lifeboat be launched to assist a yacht sailing to the James Watt Dock. The yacht, which had engine failure, required a tow into the Dock. The lifeboat launched and on locating the yacht off the entrance to the navigable channel at the Ocean Terminal took the yacht, with three persons on board, in tow. The lifeboat having secured the yacht departed James Watt Dock at 18:30 hrs and returned to station at 18:50 hrs.

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19/37 - Dinghy Requiring Assistance - Rhu Bay (Fri 26th Jul at 14:33 hrs)

On Friday at 14:33 hrs the UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the lifeboat to search for a dinghy reported to be in difficulty within sight of Rhu Marina and requesting assistance. The lifeboat conducted a search between the no 24 buoy and Rhu Spit, locating the casualty in Rhu Bay. A crew member walked to the dinghy to establish a tow line and the lifeboat returned the dinghy and its two occupants to Rosneath caravan site. The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 15:40 hrs.

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Cancelled Launch (Thurs 25th Jul at 09:16 hrs)

Dog in water at Erskine. Swam to shore before lifeboat launch.

19/36 - Mechanical Failure - Tail of the Bank (Sun 21st Jul at 20:18 hrs)

On Sunday 21st July at 20:18 hrs, the UK Coastguard requested a launch of the lifeboat again to go to the assistance of a yacht that had reported mechanical failure while on passage to the James Watt Dock. The lifeboat gave assistance by towing the casualty vessel to the Dock where it was secured safely. The lifeboat retuned to station at 21:30 and was reported ready for service shortly after.

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19/35 - Man Overboard - Gareloch (Sun 21st Jul at 15:53 hrs)

On Sunday 21st July at 15:53 hrs, the UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch as there was a report of a man overboard from a yacht in the Gareloch at the RNCYC moorings. The lifeboat was launched and on reaching the scene, found that an MoD Police launch had recovered the casualty and was making its way to Rhu Marina. The casualty, who was walking, was handed into the care of attending paramedics. At 16:25 hrs the lifeboat was back at the station.

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Cancelled Launch (Wed 17th Jul at 15:11 hrs)

Incident resolved satisfactorily before lifeboat launched.

19/34 - Capsized Dinghy? - Kilcreggan (Thurs 11 Jul at 15:29 hrs)

On Thursday 11 July the UK Coastguard tasked Helensburgh lifeboat to search for a reported capsized dinghy in Kilcreggan Bay. The lifeboat launched and arrived at Kilcreggan Bay at 15:55 hrs and then began a search. An RN Warship reported a red and white object further round the peninsula towards Barons Point. On investigation this proved to be a red and white painted rock (which was happily basking in the glorious Scottish sunshine and required no assistance). The lifeboat continued to carry out a search until 16:46 hrs when it was stood down by the Coastguard. Nothing was found.

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19/33 - Missing Diver - Loch Long (Sun 7th Jul at 10:15 hrs)

On Sunday 7th July at 10:15 hrs the UK Coastguard requested immediate launch of the lifeboat to assist with the search for a missing diver at the top of Loch Long. The lifeboat was launched at 10:20 hrs and was making its way to the scene of the incident when it was reported that the diver had been found and required no medical attention.

The lifeboat returned to base and was ready for service at 10:30 hrs.

Cancelled Launch (Sun 30th June at 02:34 hrs)

Incident at the East Bay, Helensburgh. Information withheld.

19/32 - Fishing Vessel Adrift - Cloche Point - (Sat 22nd June at 15:05 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 15:05 hrs in response to a request from the UK Coastguard to render assistance to a fishing vessel with mechanical problems. The fishing vessel was off Cloche Point. On the way to the casualty vessel the lifeboat crew was diverted to Port Glasgow where a person was reported to be in the water. The lifeboat arrived on scene just as the person was being removed from the water and taken into custody by the Police so the lifeboat crew then resumed their original task to offer assistance to the fishing vessel. It was taken in tow at 15:42 hrs and towed to East India Dock, arriving at 16:47 hrs. The fishing vessel was secured alongside and then the lifeboat returned to station.

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19/31 - Missing Person - River Cart Area - (Thurs 20th June at 11:14 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested the lifeboat be launched to search for a missing male last seen in the locality of the River Cart at 07:00 hrs in the morning . The lifeboat crew conducted a search of the area between the River Cart and the River Kelvin. There was no sign of the missing male.

The lifeboat returned to station at 14:11 hrs.

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19/30 - Persons in Water - Garelochhead - (Thurs 13th June at 20:56 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat at 20:56 hrs on Thursday 13th June at 20:56 hrs in response to a report that two persons were in the water and required assistance at Garelochhead. Police launch Iona was on scene when the lifeboat arrived at 21:14 hrs. Two crew members went ashore to render first aid until an ambulance arrived and then the lifeboat returned to station, reporting ready for service again at 22:04 hrs.

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19/29 - Report of Person in Water - Cove (Wed 12th June at 11:47 hrs)

On Wednesday 12th June at 11:47 hrs the lifeboat launched following a report that a person was in the water, possibly man overboard, between Kilcreggan and Cove. A search was conducted with the assistance of a warship, pilot boat and police launch with nothing found. The Coastguard released the lifeboat at 11:44 hrs to return to station.

The Coastguard believe the call to be a hoax.

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19/28 - Engine Failure - Port Glasgow (Mon 10th June at 18:50 hrs)

On Monday 10th June at 18:50 hrs the lifeboat launched to give assistance to a motor boat with two persons on board, at anchor, with engine failure off Coronation Park, Port Glasgow. Assistance was given in towing the vessel back to its mooring where it was made secure and the persons on board made their way ashore in a dinghy.

The lifeboat returned to base and was ready for service at 19:30 hrs.

19/27 - Fender Adrift - Craigendoran (Mon 10th June at 16:15 hrs)

The lifeboat was launched after a report was received of either a large raft or tyres adrift off Craigendoran pier. Upon investigation the object proved to be a Fender which was made secure to the pier.

19/26 - Persons in Water - Gourock (Mon 3rd June at 21:04 hrs)

At 21:04 hrs HM Coastguard reported two persons in the water at West Bay off Gourock Yacht Club and requested the launch of Helensburgh lifeboat. With assistance from the passenger ferry Argyll Flyer the lifeboat commenced a search of the area. Apparently two yachtmen had been on a dinghy when the rudder snapped. They managed to secure the dinghy to a buoy and commenced swimming ashore. One made it ashore whilst the other climbed aboard a moored yacht. The lifeboat recovered him from the yacht and he was taken ashore to waiting paramedics. The lifeboat recovered the dinghy and took it ashore to the Royal Gourock Yacht Club.

The lifeboat returned to station at 22:00 hrs.

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19/25 - Person at Risk - Gourock (Mon 27th May at 17:16 hrs)

At 17:06 hrs HM Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh lifeboat as there was a person considered to be at risk near Cloch Point, Gourock. Shortly after launching however the lifeboat crew was requested to return to base as the situation had been satisfactorily resolved.

The lifeboat was reported to be ready for service again at 17:38 hrs.

19/24 - Search for Missing Male (Sun 26th May at 21:45 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 21:45 hrs to support Police and Coastguard Rescue Teams search for a missing person. After arriving on scene at 22:04 hrs, the lifeboat crew conducted a shoreline search from Cardwell Bay West to Cloch Point and then back with a further shoreline search East as far as the Greenock Ocean Terminal. With nothing found the lifeboat crew was asked to stand down and return to station.

The missing male was later found inland above Greenock.

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19/23 - Search for Missing Female (Fri 24th May at 13:06 hrs)

At 13:06 hrs the lifeboat was launched in response to a request from the UK Coastuard to search for a missing female believed to be in the water in the vicinity of Cardwell Bay. On reaching the bay the lifeboat crew was tasked to search Westwards towards Cloch Point. The lifeboat then turned East to repeat the search along the shore back towards Greenock. At 15:35 hrs, with nothing found, the lifeboat crew was asked to return to station.

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19/22 - Person in Water - Dunoon (Thurs 16th May at 17:30 hrs)

At 17:30 hrs Helensburgh lifeboat was launched to a report from HM Coastguard of a person in distress in the water off Dunoon Pier. HM Coastguard also attended and rescued the person as the lifeboat arrived off Dunoon.

The lifeboat returned to station at 18:17 hrs.

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19/21 - Beached Dinghy - Colgrain (Mon 13th May at 17:06 hrs)

The lifeboat launched at 17:01 hrs in response to an alert from the HM Coastguard concerning an upturned boat floating in the water off Ardmore Point. After a short search the lifeboat crew located the boat, a white and red 12' sailing dinghy without mast or rigging and badly holed. It was towed back to Rhu Marina and beached awaiting recovery and disposal by the local council.

The lifeboat was back on station at 18:15 hrs.

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Cancelled Launch (Mon 13th May at 03:15 hrs)

Incident at the Erskine Bridge. Information withheld.

19/20 - Incident at Greenock (Sun 12th May at 21:20 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 21:20 hrs in response to an alert from the Coastguard concering an incident at the East India dock at Greenock. Also attending the incident were Police, Ambulance, Coastguard and Fire Service personnel. The incident was satisfactorily resolved by 23:05 hrs at which time the lifeboat returned to base.

The lifeboat was back on station at 23:15 hrs.

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Cancelled Launch (Sat 4th May at 01:59 hrs)

Incident at Dunoon. Information withheld.

19/19 - Cabin Cruiser Adrift - Gourock (Fri 3rd May at 18:26 hrs)

At 18:21 hrs HM Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh lifeboat to go to the assistance of a 17 foot cabin cruiser adrift off Gourock. There was one person on board and both engines had failed as a result of contaminated fuel. The Lifeboat launched at 18:26 hrs. The cabin cruiser was towed to Greenock and the lifeboat returned to base reporting ready for service at 20:00 hrs.

19/18 - Child Stranded - Craigendoran (Tues 30th April)

At 16:18 hrs HM Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh Lifeboat to a report of a child stranded on a pile at Craigendoran Pier, Helensburgh. The Lifeboat launched at 16:25 hrs and arrived on scene at 16:31 hrs. Also attending were HM Coastguard, the police and an MOD RIB. A search was carried out but no trace of casualty or informant was found. This was regarded as a false alarm with good intent.

The lifeboat reported back on station at 17:10 hrs.

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19/17 - Vessel Adrift - Rosneath (Sat 27th April)

Helensburgh lifeboat station received a report from the UK Coastguard of a small blue vessel adrift off Rosneath Caravan Park. The caller who reported it was concerned that the vessel was in danger of entering the local shipping channel. After lifeboat launch the vessel was taken in tow to Rhu Marina and the owner notified.

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19/16 - Standby (Fri 26th Apr at 04:38 hrs)

Incident at 'Squint' Bridge, Glasgow. Crew on standby - no launch.

19/15 - Vessel Adrift - Gantocks (Fri 19th Apr at 11:45 hrs)

At 11:35 hrs the UK Coastguard requested lifeboat launch after a report was received that a 12' vessel was adrift in the vicinity of the Gantocks (Dunoon). After launching at 11:45 hrs the lifeboat crew made passage to the area where they located a 12' boat with engine failure. The vessel was taken in tow to the Holy Loch where it was beached next to Hunters Quay. At 13:10 hrs the lifeboat was back on station.

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19/14 - Distress Radio Call - Hoax (Fri 12th Apr at 19:17 hrs)

At 19:17 hours on Friday 12th Apr Helensburgh lifeboat was launched following a report from HM Coastguard that a distress radio message had been received of a man overboard off Port Glasgow. An extensive search was carried out by the lifeboat, HM Coastguard shore based volunteers, an MOD launch as well as Police and HM Coastguard helicopters but without result. No trace was found either of the person in the water nor the related vessel. HM Coastguard viewed this as a hoax call. Police and Ofcom are investigating this criminal act.

Keith Shipman, Press Officer for Helensburgh Lifeboat, condemned this hoax call. "Every time lifeboat volunteers launch they put their lives in danger to save people from the sea. This was a tremendous waste of resources from all the affected agencies who might well have been needed to do emergency work elsewhere".

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19/13 - Person in Distress - James Watt Dock (Sun 7th Apr at 22:46 hrs)

A person was reported to be in distress in the vicinity of the James Watt Dock. The lifeboat launched at 22:46 hrs and carried out a shoreline search in conjunction with Greenock Coastguard. With nothing untoward sighted the lifeboat crew was asked to stand down at 23:50 hrs.

The lifeboat returned to station at 00:14 hrs.

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19/12 - Broken Down Motor Boat (Sat 6th Apr at 15:20 hrs)

A motor boat was reported broken down off Helensburgh en route from James Watt dock to Rhu Marina. The lifeboat launched at 15:20 hrs and towed the casualty vessel to James Watt dock. The lifeboat returned to station at 16:25 hrs.

19/11 - Person in Water - Dumbarton (Sat 16th Mar at 12:27 hrs)

False alarm with good intent. At the request of the UK Coastguard, the lifeboat crew was paged as a report had been received that there was a person walking into the water at Dumbarton however it turned out to be a fisherman who required no assistance. The lifeboat was recalled to base 3 minutes after launching.

19/10 - Kayakers Saved from the Water (Sat 2nd Mar at 15:59 hrs)

At 15:51 hrs the UK Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh Lifeboat to attend 3 persons in the water hanging onto kayaks opposite the old Navy Buildings at Greenock. The weather was force 6 gusting force 10. The lifeboat launched at 15:59 hrs and arrived on scene at 16:05 hrs. A search was necessary together with the pilot vessel Gantock; visibility at the time was less than a mile. The first person was found at 16:10 hrs. At 16:17 hrs the lifeboat located a further person. All were taken from the water by the lifeboat crew. The lifeboat and Gantock then approached the third person who was making his own way ashore. He was taken aboard the Gantock as he was exhausted. An ambulance was requested. At 16:20 hrs the first two were landed by the lifeboat and the third by the Gantock into the care of the paramedics. A fourth person had made it ashore safely.

The lifeboat returned to station at 17:30 hrs.

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19/09 - Crashed Microlight - Holy Loch (Wed 27th Feb at 11:26 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 11:26 hrs after a report was received that a microlight aircraft had crashed in the Holy Loch. Fortunately a dive boat was in the vicinity and landed the uninjured pilot at Sandpoint Marina. The microlight was towed to shore.

The lifeboat crew returned to station, reporting ready for service again at 13:07 hrs.

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19/08 - Search for Missing Person - Dunoon Area (Wed 20th Feb at 01:46 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 01:46 hrs after the UK Coastguard received a report of a missing female in Dunoon; she had last been seen at 21:00 hrs and was thought to be heading for the seafront. At 02:02 hrs the lifeboat crew reported that they were on scene. For the next few hours a very thorough search of the area was conducted by the lifeboat crew, 2 x Coastguard Rescue Teams, Police, a SAR Helicopter and a Royal Naval vessel. With no sign of the missing female, the lifeboat was released at 04:48 hrs and returned to station, reporting ready for service again at 05:28 hrs.

(It is understood that the Police successfully located the missing female safe and well later on Wednesday).

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19/07 - Yacht Aground - Dumbarton (Sat 16th Feb at 12:05 hrs)

At 11:49 hrs the UK Coastguard reported a yacht aground off Dumbarton Castle in the vicinity of the mouth of the river Leven with 1 person onboard. Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 12:05 hrs and arrived at the casualty vessel at 12:27 hrs. The yacht was very firmly aground and with 2 hours until low tide the crew quickly established that it could not be re-floated at that time. The person onboard (wearing a lifejacket) was recovered into the lifeboat and taken to Sandpoint Marina. The lifeboat was then asked to down by the Coastguard and was reported back at the station at 13:50.

Later that evening, at 21:15 hrs, the UK Coastguard reported that the owner and a friend had successfully re-boarded the grounded yacht and when it floated off on the high tide had motored safely into Sandpoint Marina.

(Aerial photo but courtesy of Stephen McDermott. Click to view enhanced image).

19/06 - Person in Water - East India Dock (Sat 26th Jan at 13:59 hrs)

At 13:50 hrs HM Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh Lifeboat to attend East India Dock, Greenock, as there had been a report of a person attached to a mobility scooter in the water. The lifeboat launched at 13:59 hrs and arrived on scene at 14:10 hrs. The man was recovered from the water by the lifeboat crew and first aid administered. He was handed over to a Scottish Ambulance crew who transferred him to hospital.

The lifeboat crew returned to station, reporting ready for service again at 15:30 hrs.

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19/05 - Kayakers on Trouble - Loch Goil (Sun 13th Jan at 14:25 hrs)

At 14:25 hrs on Sunday 13th Jan HM Coastguard requested that Helensburgh lifeboat to go 'standby' as MV Kingdom of Fife had recovered two kayakers who had capsized in Loch Goil. There was a need to transfer them to waiting ambulances at Carrick Castle. As the weather was force 6-7 at the time it was necessary to assess the risk to crew and casualties. At 15:05 hrs the lifeboat was launched and attended the scene, transferring the two persons to waiting ambulances. They returned to station and were ready for service again at 16:40 hrs.

('Standby' : lifeboat crew all kitted up and lifeboat on slipway awating further instruction.)

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19/04 - Concern for Person - James Watt Dock (Sun 13th Jan at 11:17 hrs)

At 11:17 hrs HM Coastguard requested the attendance of Helensburgh lifeboat again and requested that they attend James Watt Dock as there was concern for a person who was on the water side of the security fence. The lifeboat was already in the water on a training exercise and headed for the James Watt Dock however at 11:27 hrs they were stood down.

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19/03 - Report of Person in Water - James Watt Dock (Sun 13th Jan at 00:07 hrs)

At 00:07 hrs HM Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh lifeboat to investigate a report of a person in the water at James Watt Dock, Greenock. Some 5 minutes after launching however minutes the lifeboat crew was asked to stand down as the lifeboat was no longer required.

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19/02 - Report of Missing Person - Dumbarton (Wed 2nd Jan at 16:44 hrs)

The lifeboat was launched again at 16:44 hrs after receiving a report of another missing person in the Dumbarton Castle area however shortly after launching the lifeboat was asked to return to base as the person had been located.

The boat was reported to be back on station again at 17:19 hrs.

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19/01 - Search for Missing Person - Arrochar (Wed 2nd Jan at 11:38 hrs)

The lifeboat was launched at 11:38 hrs to assist in a multi agency search for a missing male in the Ardgarten area at the head of Loch Long. After a thorough search, and with no sign of the missing male, the lifeboat was asked to stand down and return to base. The lifeboat was re-fuelled and back on station again at 14:28 hrs.

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