Motley Crew
A Fine Body of Men (Nov '19)

Jamie, Callum, Michael, Tom, Robin & Ken (L to R)

20/41 - Vessel Fire? - Strone (Thurs 1st Oct at 14:53 hrs)

The lifeboat was launched after a report was received that a vessel was possibly on fire off Kilcreggan. Upon investigation smoke was seen on the shore therefore this was taken as being a false alarn with good intent.

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20/40 - Lost Steerage - Holy Loch (Tues 22nd Sept at 14:00 hrs)

On 22nd Sept 2020 at 14:00 a report was received of a sailing vessel in Loch Long off Cove having lost steerage. Helensburgh lifeboat was tasked to launch and attend the casualty vessel; two persons were on board. When the lifeboat reached the casualty area the vessel was under tow by a motor vessel en route to the Holy Loch Marina. The lifeboat followed the tow into the Holy Loch where it took over in order to berth the vessel in the Marina. Once the vessel was secured alongside the lifeboat stood down and returned to Helensburgh lifeboat station.

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20/38 & 39 - Sugar Ship & Ardmore (Sat 12th Sept at 17:27 hrs)

On Saturday at 17:16 the UK Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat to evacuate a medical casualty, an injured walker, from the North Shore of Ardmore Point. Paramedics and local Coastguard team members were in attendance at the locus; extraction by foot was not favoured. The lifeboat launched at 17:27, and while en route was diverted by the Coastguard, at 17:37, to assist two persons with a rigid kayak and a small inflatable dinghy stranded at the 'Sugar ship' unable to make their way safely ashore. The lifeboat collected the two persons and their craft which were then transferred to the MoD police launch 'Skye', at 17:40, who having been in the area offered to take the 2 casualties ashore and allow the lifeboat to continue on her original mission. The lifeboat arrived at Ardmore at 17:43, when the casualty and two paramedics were taken on board for passage to Rhu Marina. The two coastguard team members were left to walk back to recover their vehicle. An ambulance was waiting at 18:20 for the extraction team. The lifeboat was reported to be refuelled and ready for service again at 19:05.

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20/37 - Engine Room Smoke - Cloch (Mon 14th Sept at 11:20 hrs)

On Monday 14th September at 11:09 the UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the lifeboat in response to a Mayday call from a vessel in the vicinity of Cloch Lighthouse which had smoke emanating from its engine room. The lifeboat launched at 11:20 reaching the casualty area of Lundeston Bank. The vessel, a motor sailor with two persons on board, was now approaching the entrance to Kip Marina and she was escorted to a berth to be met by the local coastguard. The lifeboat left the marina at 11:55, returned to station, and reported refuelled and ready for service again at 12:15.

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20/36 - Persons in the Water (Sun 6th Sept at 18:50 hrs)

On Sunday 6th September, Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 18:52 in response to a request from the UK Coastguard to give assistance to 4 people in the water at the Knockderry hotel moorings. The lifeboat arrived on the scene at 19:02 in company with a MoD Police boat and the Coastguard helicopter. Two people were taken from the water by the Police boat and 2 by the lifeboat; all were suffering effects from immersion in cold water. One person from the Police boat was lifted into the helicopter for immediate medical care, then remaining casualties where assembled in the lifeboat which then took them to a waiting ambulance at the Royal Gourock Yacht Club. There were three persons in the 50/60 age group with first aid being given to all three casualties en route. The three were handed over to the ambulance service at 19:50 and the lifeboat then return to base.

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20/35 - RiB in Difficulty - Strone Point (Mon 31st Aug at 15:04 hrs)

UK Coastguard requested immediate launch of the lifeboat at 14:54 to assist a 5.5 m inflatable rib with two persons on board whose transom had broken and the sponsons were leaking. The lifeboat launched at 15:04 and proceeded to the casualty whose location was given as 400 m off Strone point at the entrance to the Holy Loch. Upon arriving at the lifeboat crew lashed the 30 hp outboard and the transom onto the rib and then towed it to the Holy Loch Marina where it was made secure. The two persons from the rib were returned to Rosneath on the lifeboat. The lifeboat returned to station at 16:58 and was reported ready for service again at 17:20.

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20/34 - Broken Free - Port Glasgow (Tues 25th Aug at 18:11 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the lifeboat on Tuesday at 18:02 to assist in securing a fish boat that had broken from its mooring in the force 7 weather conditions in East India Dock. The lifeboat launched at 18:11, arriving at the locus at 18:25. The lifeboat assisted the three persons on board to secure the vessel, in the challenging conditions with the local CG team, and then ferried the three persons ashore. The lifeboat returned to station at 19:20 and was reported refuelled and ready for service again at 19:35.

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20/33 - Person in Water - Gourock (Sat 15th Aug at 20:40 hrs)

On Saturday at 20:40 the UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the lifeboat for a person in the water at the CalMac ferry terminal, Gourock. The lifeboat launched at 20:47 arriving at the scene at 20:55 and found the MoD Police Launch 'Iona' had recovered the individual. One crew member went ashore to check on the condition of a casualty given it was reported the nearest ambulance was some 20 minutes away. The Police then transferred the individual to hospital in their vehicle. The lifeboat was released at 21:10 to return to station, arriving at 21:20, and reporting refuelled and ready for service again at 21:34.

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20/32 - Upturned Dinghy - Clynder (Thurs 13th Aug at 15:07 hrs)

The lifeboat launched at 15:07 in response to a request from the UK Coastguard to investigate reports of an overturned dinghy in Stroul Bay near Clynder. The lifeboat was quickly on the scene and soon located an overturned inflatable dinghy of the type often used as a yacht tender. The dinghy was recovered into the lifeboat which then started a search of the area to determine if any person or persons were in the water. There was no sign of anyone and so the lifeboat, with dinghy, returned to the station at 15:50 where it was recovered and refuelled ready for the next call.

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20/31 - Person in Water - Port Glasgow (Wed 12th Aug at 20:54 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch at 20:44 following a request from Police Scotland that a person had escaped from their custody and had run into the water and was some 30 metres offshore in the vicinity of Newark Castle, Port Glasgow. The Lifeboat launched at 20:54 and reached the area 13 minutes later where they found that the person had chosen to make his way ashore into the arms of the police rather than be rescued by our crew. The lifeboat departed the scene at 21:09, returning to the station and reporting refuelled and ready for service again at 21:40.

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20/30 - Dinghy in Difficulty? - Kilcreggan (Mon 10th Aug at 14:55 hrs)

At the request of the UK Coastguard the lifeboat launched at 14:55 to assist a reported dinghy in difficulty in the vicinity of Barons Point, Kilcreggan. The lifeboat arrived on scene at approx 15:03 and carried out a search of the area before concluding that in all probability the reported object had been, in fact, a large floating log. The lifeboat was stood down by the Coastguard at 15:11, with the boat returning to the station at 15:30 and reporting refuelled and ready for service at 15:47.

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20/29 - Incident at Gourock/Port Glasgow (Wed 5th Aug at 23:38 hrs)

Information withheld

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20/28 - Person in Difficulty? - Gourock (Tues 4th Aug hrs)

Helensburgh Lifeboat launched at 15:25 on Tuesday in response to a request from the UK Coastguard to assist in searching for a person or small boat reported in the sea off Greenock near the Sports Centre. At the scene conditions were challenging; there was continuous heavy rain, wind force 5 occasionally gusting 7 and a 2 metre swell. The Lifeboat assisted the Coastguard Rescue Team in a shore line search but nothing was found and the boat returned to the station at 16:05.

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20/27 - Incident at Erskine Bridge (Fri 31st July at 10:35 hrs)

Information withheld

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20/26 - Capsize? - Kilcreggan (Sun 26th July at 15:14 hrs)

This was a false alarm with good intent. At 15:08 hrs on Sunday the UK coastguard requested the Lifeboat launch to a report of an upturned kayak off Kilcreggan - with one person believed to be in the water. The Lifeboat launched at 15:14 hrs, and while en route to the given location was recalled after the Coastguard received further information that the reported casualty was in fact floating debris.

The lifeboat returned to station and was refueled and ready for service by 15:40 hrs.

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20/25 - River Clyde Swimmer - Dumbarton (Wed 22nd July at 16:45 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 16:34 hrs following reports is a swimmer attempting to swim across the River Clyde at Dumbarton Castle for a bet while friends filmed his efforts. The lifeboat reached the locus of the swimmer at 17:07 hrs, at Langbank, to discover that the swimmer had crossed the river and was in the custody of Police Scotland. The Lifeboat left the area at 17:09 hrs.

The lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 18:10 hrs.

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20/24 - Missing Person - Greenock (Sun 19th July at 00:20 hrs)

UK Coastguard requested immediate launch of the lifeboat on Sunday at 00:09 hrs to assist in the search for missing person at the Beacons Art Centre, the Waterfront Greenock. The lifeboat launched at 00:20 hrs however was recalled at 00:25 hrs.

The lifeboat was back on station and reported ready for service again at 00:45 hrs.

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20/23 - Kayakers in Difficulty - Helensburgh (Sat 18th July at 15:20 hrs)

At 15:11 hrs on Saturday the UK coastguard requested the immediate launch of the lifeboat to assist two Kayakers, one of whom had capsized and the person was hanging onto the other Kayak. The location was opposite the Commodore Hotel, Helensburgh, approximately 150/200 metres offshore. After launching at 15:20 hrs the lifeboat reached the location at 15:25 hrs. One person was recovered from the water and as they were obviously suffering from hypothermia the lifeboat made best speed to Rhu Marina to hand the casualty into the care of a waiting ambulance crew. As the lifeboat crew had observed a type of black waistcoat object floating in the vicinity of the rescue, and to eliminate any further shout for this object, they returned to recover it.

The lifeboat returned to station and reported ready for service again at 16:25 hrs.

(The second Kayaker made his own way ashore).

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20/22 - Person in Water? - River Leven (Tues 14th July at 11:03 hrs)

The lifeboat responded to a report of a person in the water in the River Leven on Tuesday morning, however the lifeboat crew was asked to stand down shortly after launch when it was confirmed that the person was actually fishing from rocks and required no assistance.

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20/21 - Engine Failure - Helensburgh (Sun 12th July at 14:25 hrs)

At 14:25 hrs the lifeboat was launched at the request of the UK Coastguard to assist a power boat with 3 people on board which was drifting, and not under command, off Helensburgh sea front. It was in danger of being washed onto the shore by the prevailing wind. The Lifeboat quickly arrived on the scene and after securing a line, towed it to a berth at Rhu Marina.

The Lifeboat returned to the station at 15:20 hrs.

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20/20 - Power Boat in Difficulty - Greenock (Sat 11th July at 14:25 hrs)

Shout cancelled shortly after launch as the boat in difficulty was recovered by another craft.

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20/19 - Incident on Pier - Rhu (Sat 11th July at 00:25 hrs)

Information withheld.

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20/18 - Distress Signal - Greenock (Mon 6th July at 13:14 hrs)

On Monday 6th July at 13:04 hrs the UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the lifeboat as a flare had been reportedly fired from a small vessel off the Greenock Esplanade. The lifeboat launched at 13:14 hrs and on reaching the vessel found the two occupants did not require any assistance.

The lifeboat returned to station and was reported to be ready for service again at 14:07 hrs.

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20/17 - Engine Problems - Loch Long (Thurs 2nd July at 14:25 hrs)

Helensburgh lifeboat launched at 14:25 hrs to go to the assistance of a 16' day boat that had experienced engine problems in Loch Long in the vicinity of Ardentinny; two persons were reportedly on board. After they contacted the UK Coastguard the lifeboat was called out. Once on scene the lifeboat crew secured a line to the vessel and towed it back to Rhu Marina.

The lifeboat reported back on station and ready for service again at 16:45 hrs.

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20/16 - Unmanned Catamaran - Gourock (Thurs 11th June at 18:05 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the lifeboat on Thursday at 17:55 hrs to investigate an unmanned catamaran sailing towards Kilcreggan, pursued by a person in a rowing boat, from Gourock. The Lifeboat launched at 18:05 hrs, arriving on scene at Portkill at 18:18 hrs, where the catamaran had run aground with the pursuing rower in attendance. The yachtsman sailed his catamaran back to the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club with the lifeboat towing his rowing boat back. The lifeboat was released at 18:35 hrs and returned to station, reporting that it was refuelled and ready for service again at 19:05 hrs.

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20/15 - Incident at East Esplanade - Helensburgh (Tues 2nd June at 06:30 hrs)

Information withheld.

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20/14 - Dinghy Adrift - Port Glasgow (Sun 31st May at 21:05 hrs)

The coastguard requested the launch of the Lifeboat at 20:49 hrs to investigate a report of a drifting fibreglass dinghy, with no persons on board, approximately a mile off Newark Castle, Port Glasgow. The lifeboat launched at 21:05 hrs and proceeded to the area where the dinghy was located; it was taken in tow and handed over to the coastguard for safe keeping at Coronation Park. The lifeboat returned to station and was reported ready for service again at 22:10 hrs.

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20/13 - Persons Swimming - Erskine (Sun 31st May at 16:38 hrs)

Launch cancelled.

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20/12 - Assistance Required - Greenock (Sat 30th May at 18:04 hrs)

The coastguard requested the launch of the Lifeboat on Saturday to assist a fishing vessel that had experienced mechanical failure, and while it's crew had laid an anchor, was drifting towards rocks. The fishing vessel was positioned at the entrance to the Clyde channel off buoy #1. After launching at 18:04 hrs, the lifeboat crew quickly located the casualty and took it in tow to East India dock. After making it secure the lifeboat returned to station, was refuelled, and then reported ready for service again at 19:18 hrs.

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20/11 - Person in Water - Kilcreggan (Sat 23rd May at 19:35 hrs)

The UK Coastguard requested the lifeboat be launched at 19:29 hrs on Saturday for a person in the water off Shore Road, Kilcreggan. The lifeboat launch 19:35 hrs reaching the search area at 19:43 hrs. A search was conducted in the area of Meikleross Bay with two MoD police vessels and a helicopter with Coastguard Rescue teams searching the shoreline. Nothing was found. The lifeboat was released at 21:03 hrs, returning to station and reporting ready for service again at 21:40 hrs.

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20/10 - Incident at Erskine (Tues 19th May at 11:02 hrs)

Information withheld.

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20/09 - Lost - Location Unknown! (Mon 20th Apr at 22:24 hrs)

At the request of Police Scotland the lifeboat launched at 22:24 hrs to assist in a search for two people who were reportedly stranded on a rock having been cut off by the tide; they were unaware of their location! Also involved in the search were the RNLI Largs and Tighnabruaich lifeboats together with Coastguard Rescue Teams and Helicopter in addition to Police Officers and Helicopter.

While the search was ongoing the Police managed to trace the lost persons' car in the Colintraive area and shortly after the lost people themselves; they were brought ashore safely by the Police.

The lifeboat was back on station at 23:25 hrs.

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20/08 - Incident at Gourock (Tues 24th Mar at 16:08 hrs)

Information withheld.

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20/07 - Body Found on Beach - Kilcreggan (Tues 24th Mar at 11:27 hrs)

The lifeboat launched at 11:27 hrs to assist Police and HM Coastguard with the recovery of a body found on the beach at Kilcreggan.

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20/06 - Vessel in Difficulty - Helensburgh (Sun 8th Mar at 15:00 hrs)

At 15:00 hrs the lifeboat launched in response to a request from the UK Coastguard to assist a power boat with engine failure just West of Helensburgh pier. Information received suggested that there were two persons on board and that one was in the water and trying to get back aboard the vessel. When the lifeboat got to the scene, the boat was high and dry on the beach; Coastguard and Police were in attendance. As there was nothing the lifeboat crew could do to assist, the lifeboat returned to station.

(Information received later in the day advised that the vessel was towed off the shore and back to Greenock).

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20/05 - Person in Water - Rhu/Helensburgh Area (Sun 1st Mar at 22:18 hrs)

Launch cancelled at 22:22 hrs.

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20/04 - Missing Person - Port Glasgow (Tues 11th Feb at 10:00 hrs)

Helensburgh Lifeboat launched at 10:00 hrs in response to a request from the UK Coastguard to assist in a search for a missing person believed to be in the water in the vicinity of Newark Castle. Police and Coastguard rescue teams were also involved in the search. The Lifeboat was stood down at 10:08 hrs when a body was discovered and recovered by a Police launch. The Lifeboat returned to station and was reported ready for service again at 10:30 hrs.

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20/03 - Fishing Vessel in Distress - Dunoon (Mon 4th Feb at 12:53 hrs)

On Monday at 12:53 hrs Helensburgh Lifeboat launched at the request of the UK Coastguard to give assistance to a fishing vessel in distress. It had fouled its propeller and was drifting without a means of propulsion in the vicinity of Dunoon. Not only were the crew of 3 at risk but it was close to the established ferry routes. There were no other craft able to offer assistance. The Lifeboat made contact with the fishing vessel and at 13:30 hrs took it in tow. It was towed to Gourock where it was safely secured at 14:55 hrs. The Lifeboat then returned to station where it was recovered and refuelled ready for the next call-out.

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20/02 - Missing Person - Port Glasgow (Wed 7th Jan at 19:43 hrs)

Launch cancelled at 19:49 hrs.

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20/01 - Concern for Person - Port Glasgow (Wed 1st Jan at 20:02 hrs)

The lifeboat launched at 20:02 hrs to assist Police and Coastguard Mobile Units search for a missing female in the Coronation Park area of Port Glasgow. At 20:13 hrs the lifeboat was asked to stand down as the female had been found safe and well.

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