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Helensburgh RNLI lifeboat attends yacht aground on Pillar Bank.

Lifeboats News Release

Shortly before noon on Friday 13th May 2016, Belfast Coastguard contacted the Helensburgh RNLI station to request lifeboat launch.

A 8 metre yacht with three persons on board had gone aground on the Pillar Bank, River Clyde, close to the Greenock Ocean Terminal.  As the tide was flooding, the lifeboat stood by the casualty vessel until it refloated.  At 1258 hours, the vessel safely made its way to the James Watt dock and the lifeboat returned to base, reporting ready for service again at 1335 hours.

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