Upturned-Dinghy-in-River-Leven

Byline: At 1228 hours on Monday 22nd April, 2013 Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from the Police as an upturned dinghy drifting down the River Leven towards Dumbarton.
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The lifeboat was launched at 1234 hours.  While the lifeboat was making passage to Dumbarton, Belfast Coastguard advised that a Police Helicopter had already checked the area with no persons in the water sighted; a Coastguard Rescue Team was also on scene.  As the upturned inflatable dinghy had an engine and one oar, there was concern that a person or persons were in the water. 

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew searched the River Leven up as far as the weir at the old road bridge in Dumbarton, however due to the ebbing tide, there was insufficient water for the lifeboat to proceed further up stream. With nothing untoward found, at 1356 hours, Helensburgh Lifeboat was released from the search and shortly afterwards the Coastguard Rescue Team was also released.

While the Lifeboat was heading back to station Belfast Coastguard advised all resources that a Police Helicopter had been tasked with conducting a further search of the river up to Balloch. The lifeboat was back on station and reported to be ready for service again at 1445 hours.

Byline: At 1228 hours on Monday 22nd April, 2013 Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat after receiving a request for assistance from the Police as an upturned dinghy drifting down the River Leven towards Dumbarton.
Page Content:

The lifeboat was launched at 1234 hours.  While the lifeboat was making passage to Dumbarton, Belfast Coastguard advised that a Police Helicopter had already checked the area with no persons in the water sighted; a Coastguard Rescue Team was also on scene.  As the upturned inflatable dinghy had an engine and one oar, there was concern that a person or persons were in the water. 

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew searched the River Leven up as far as the weir at the old road bridge in Dumbarton, however due to the ebbing tide, there was insufficient water for the lifeboat to proceed further up stream. With nothing untoward found, at 1356 hours, Helensburgh Lifeboat was released from the search and shortly afterwards the Coastguard Rescue Team was also released.

While the Lifeboat was heading back to station Belfast Coastguard advised all resources that a Police Helicopter had been tasked with conducting a further search of the river up to Balloch. The lifeboat was back on station and reported to be ready for service again at 1445 hours.