Lifeboat called to jet skis and motor boat

Helensburgh’s RNLI crew was called out twice within three days, to help jet skis and a motor cruiser in the Firth of Clyde.

The jet skis were foundering when the lifeboat arrived.
The jet skis were foundering when the lifeboat arrived.

Yesterday (Tuesday August 26) the lifeboat was launched at 10:03am after Belfast Coastguard was advised that a 15-metre motor cruiser had reported engine problems – the crew of the vessel had dropped anchor outside the navigation channel close to Custom House Quay, Greenock.

The volunteer lifeboat crew were alongside the boat within 11 minutes and towed it back to James Watt Dock for repairs.

The lifeboat was back in its Rhu base by 11.21am.

On Sunday afternoon at 3.38pm the coastguard was told that two jet skis were in trouble in the same area.

The lifeboat found one jetski towing the other, which was obviously sinking – two adults and one child were on the operational jet ski which was struggling to make headway.

One adult and the child were taken on board the lifeboat and the sinking jetski taken in tow while the other adult made his own way back to Coronation Park, Port Glasgow, where the jetskis had been launched.

Although chilled, none of the casualties required medical attention. Once back at Coronation Park, the lifeboat crew helped to get the sinking jetski ashore and then returned to base.