Missing person in tender on the River Clyde
At 2335 hours on Saturday 7th December 2019, at the request of HM Coastguard, Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat was launched following a report that a person in a small tender was missing in the Cardwell Bay area of the River Clyde.
Whilst en-route it was reported that two persons in another tender were missing in the same locale.
The second tender and two occupants were found attached to a mooring buoy and were picked up by the lifeboat at 2350 hours. It appears they were related to the original missing person and were searching for him.
The search continued for the original missing person with the assistance of HM Coastguard helicopter, police launches and other vessels. In view of the length of time the search had continued, and the challenging weather conditions, the lifeboat crew were changed and the search continued. As there had been no result to the search the lifeboat was stood down by HM Coastguard at 0355 hours with a view to resuming the search in daylight hours. The lifeboat was refueled and was ready for service at 0424 hours.
At 1050 hours on Sunday 8th December 2019 the lifeboat resumed the shore search from Cardross to Helensburgh/Rhu. Nothing was found.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.