HELENSBURGH'S lifeboat crew found a body on board a dinghy when they were called to a report of a craft adrift in the Clyde.

The crew was launched, following a request from HM Coastguard, shortly after 1.30pm on Saturday, September 21 to investigate a report of a dinghy adrift on the Cockle Bank, between Port Glasgow and Ardmore.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 1.50pm, when the crew discovered a body on board the dinghy.

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The craft was taken under tow to Newark Castle in Port Glasgow; the lifeboat was back on its station at Rhu Marina at 3.07pm.

Later that day the lifeboat crew were called out for a second time, again in response to a request from HM Coastguard, this time to evacuate a man who had suffered a suspected broken ankle while walking on the west side of Ardmore Point.

The nature of the terrain led the emergency services to decide that the lifeboat was best equipped to help the casualty.

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The lifeboat arrived on scene at 6.15pm and the crew took the man on board before returning to Rhu Marina, where he was transferred into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The Helensburgh crew was also called out on September 22 to a report of a person in the water at the Erskine Bridge.

The casualty was airlifted to hospital by HM Coastguard but was later confirmed to have died.

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As there was a suspicion there may be other casualties, the lifeboat remained on scene, but was then stood down arriving back at station at 2pm.