At 13.16 this afternoon (22nd July), Clyde coastguard requested the Helensburgh lifeboat to launch to the aid of a 16 foot dayboat, the MV Arron, with six aboard. The boat had gone aground on rocks at Baron’s Point, near Kilcreggan.
As the lifeboat was being launched, news came in that a sailing dinghy had capsized on the town’s waterfront, just 0ff the Commnodore Hotel – and that there were people in the water, making this incident the immediate priority.
The crew located the dinghy but by then the crew had righted it and were back aboard, with no further assistance required – so the lifeboat headed for the stranded dayboat at Baron’s Point.
The lifeboat, Gladys Winifred Tiffney, an Atlantic 75 B class RIB, found the boat – which appeared to have slipped its mooring and drifted on to the rocks.
With a rising tide, the lifeboat crew were able to get the boat safely refloated, and after assuring themselves that she had sustained no damage, accompanied her to Greenock and saw her secured at the James Watt Dock.
The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 15.17.