HELENSBURGH'S lifeboat was called out on Monday night after receiving a report of two men in the water off Gourock.

The volunteer RNLI crew was called into action after a report from HM Coastguard at 9.04pm.

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The lifeboat carried out a search of the area with help from the Caledonian MacBrayne passenger ferry MV Argyll Flyer.

It was discovered that two men had been on a dinghy when the rudder snapped; they managed to secure the dinghy to a buoy and began swimming ashore.

One of the men made it to the shore safely, while the other climbed aboard a moored yacht, where he was picked up by the lifeboat and taken ashore to waiting paramedics.

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The lifeboat crew also recovered the dinghy and took it back to shore, before returning to station at Rhu Marina at 10pm.