Author: James Baggott

26 Mar Dedicated lifesavers honoured by GAFIRS

Two dedicated life-saving volunteers have been recognised for decades of service at an independent lifeboat station. At Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service’s (GAFIRS) annual general meeting on Friday (March 24), two outgoing committee members were awarded honourary lifetime membership in thanks for their years of...

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21 Mar GAFIRS pull boat adrift in shipping lane to safety

Rescuers were launched by UK Coastguard on Tuesday lunchtime to assist a 10-metre cabin cruiser dangerously adrift near Portsmouth. The pleasure craft, which had four people on board, had suffered engine failure near Horse Sand Fort and was drifting in the main shipping channel. Gosport & Fareham...

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14 Mar GAFIRS lifeboats called into action twice in one night

Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service's two lifeboats were called into action on Monday evening twice by UK Coastguard. The volunteer crews were paged by the Coastguard at around 2230 to assist with a search for a missing person with both the service’s lifeboat and inshore...

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20 Feb Fishing vessel towed to safety by GAFIRS

A small fishing boat that was drifting towards the main shipping channel on the approaches to Portsmouth Harbour was pulled to safety by rescuers on Monday night. The 17ft fishing boat, which had three men on board, had lost engine power and was unable to deploy...

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18 Feb Specialist stretcher training puts GAFIRS through their paces

In a pitch black, smoke-filled tunnel, Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service’s volunteer crew learned how to use a vital piece of lifesaving equipment this weekend. Thanks to a specially modified truck from Alpha Training Safety Solutions, GAFIRS’ crew clambered into tight spaces – like those...

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15 Feb GAFIRS assist broken RIB and three dinghies

Rescuers were called out by UK Coastguard on Wednesday afternoon to a safety boat in trouble just outside Portsmouth Harbour. Volunteer crews from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) were mobilised just after 3pm to assist the 4.5m RIB that had broken down in the...

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29 Jan Yacht aground towed to safety by GAFIRS

A single manned yacht that had run aground outside Portsmouth Harbour was pulled to safety on Friday night by a volunteer lifeboat crew.  The 11m vessel had run aground on Hamilton Bank just outside the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour and was stuck fast when volunteer lifeboat...

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15 Jan GAFIRS rescue teenage sailor with head injury

A 17-year-old boy who had fallen out of a capsized dinghy and hit his head was saved by rescuers on Saturday. Volunteer lifeboat crews from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) were returning from an exercise in Cowes when they were flagged down by a...

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01 Jan Hundreds take chilly swim in The Solent for charity

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Where’s Wally, a caveman, a Christmas Pudding and countless jockeys joined more than 500 other swimmers taking a chilly plunge in The Solent on New Year’s Day. The Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service New Year’s Day Swim was the most popular...

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27 Dec Last call for entries for New Year’s Day Swim

A last call for entries for a chilly New Year’s Day dip in The Solent has been issued by Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS). The charity event takes place at noon on New Year’s Day and will see hundreds of brave swimmers take the plunge...

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