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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Shout cancelled shortly after launch as the boat in difficulty was recovered by another craft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Launch cancelled at 22:22 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.
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.
Launch cancelled at 19:49 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.