A-busy-Sunday-for-Helensburgh-RNLI-Lifeboat-–-a-yacht-aground-off-Dumbarton-Rock

Byline: On Sunday 29th September, 2013, after receiving a 999 call from the crew of a 24′ yacht, reporting that they had run aground on a sandbank opposite Dumbarton Rock on the River Clyde, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh RNLI lifeboat.
Page Content: The lifeboat was launched at 0603 hours and the crew proceeded to the area where they located the vessel on the landward side of the Dyke outside the navigation channel.  Apparently the yacht had gone aground at near high water on Saturday night while on passage from Rothesay to the Rothesay Dock in Glasgow.  The lifeboat stood by the vessel until the tide has risen sufficiently to allow her to be refloated, after which time she was towed to Sandpoint Marina in the River Leven and assisted alongside by the Helensburgh Coastguard team. With the yacht secure, the lifeboat started to make passage back to Rhu. 

Shortly after the lifeboat had left the River Leven the crew of yacht decided to continue their passage to the Rothesay Dock.  However the vessel ran aground again while leaving the River Leven with the result that the lifeboat had to be re-tasked to assist and refloat her.  At 0915 hours, the lifeboat crew reported that they had refloated the yacht and had towed her back into the navigation channel to allow her to complete her voyage of discovery to Glasgow.

The lifeboat returned to station and was reported ready for service again 1000 hours.

Later the same day at 1236 hours Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Launching Authority after a call was received from a member of the public reporting that there was a capsized dinghy in the Gareloch at Clynder. The crew assembled and lifeboat launched at 1243 hours.  Once on scene the lifeboat crew located the dinghy and reported that it had been righted and sailed to shore where its crew was in the process of recovering it.  As no further assistance was required, the lifeboat returned to base and was reported ready for service again at 1345 hours.

Byline: On Sunday 29th September, 2013, after receiving a 999 call from the crew of a 24' yacht, reporting that they had run aground on a sandbank opposite Dumbarton Rock on the River Clyde, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh RNLI lifeboat.
Page Content: The lifeboat was launched at 0603 hours and the crew proceeded to the area where they located the vessel on the landward side of the Dyke outside the navigation channel.  Apparently the yacht had gone aground at near high water on Saturday night while on passage from Rothesay to the Rothesay Dock in Glasgow.  The lifeboat stood by the vessel until the tide has risen sufficiently to allow her to be refloated, after which time she was towed to Sandpoint Marina in the River Leven and assisted alongside by the Helensburgh Coastguard team. With the yacht secure, the lifeboat started to make passage back to Rhu. 

Shortly after the lifeboat had left the River Leven the crew of yacht decided to continue their passage to the Rothesay Dock.  However the vessel ran aground again while leaving the River Leven with the result that the lifeboat had to be re-tasked to assist and refloat her.  At 0915 hours, the lifeboat crew reported that they had refloated the yacht and had towed her back into the navigation channel to allow her to complete her voyage of discovery to Glasgow.

The lifeboat returned to station and was reported ready for service again 1000 hours.

Later the same day at 1236 hours Belfast Coastguard contacted the station Launching Authority after a call was received from a member of the public reporting that there was a capsized dinghy in the Gareloch at Clynder. The crew assembled and lifeboat launched at 1243 hours.  Once on scene the lifeboat crew located the dinghy and reported that it had been righted and sailed to shore where its crew was in the process of recovering it.  As no further assistance was required, the lifeboat returned to base and was reported ready for service again at 1345 hours.