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Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat investigates possible persons on upturned hull

Lifeboats News Release

At 2044 hours on Saturday 23rd April 2016 Belfast Coastguard contacted Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat with a report of what appeared to be an upturned vessel off Kilcreggan with two persons on the hull.

Although it was an unconfirmed sighting the lifeboat was launched to investigate while there was still some daylight.  The lifeboat conducted a search of the area along with an MoD Police Launch and two local passenger ferries. Nothing untoward was sighted.  The search was called off at 2120 hours as it was concluded that this was a false alarm with good intent.  The lifeboat was reported to be back on station and ready for service again at 2158 hours.

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