Author: James Baggott

10 Dec GAFIRS search for missing persons in The Solent 

A major multi-agency search for possible missing persons in The Solent was launched on Saturday (December 10) after Gosport Independent Lifeboat discovered two illuminated torches floating in the sea. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) was paged by UK Coastguard at 6.30am to investigate reports...

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13 Nov GAFIRS assist four stricken fishermen

Rescuers were launched to assist four fishermen who were stranded in The Solent when the engine on their fishing boat failed. UK Coastguard paged the volunteer crew from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) just after 8pm to assist. When GAFIRS arrived on the scene, just...

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06 Nov GAFIRS assist 36ft boat ablaze in The Solent

Rescuers were tasked to assist the crew of a 36ft motor boat on Sunday after it caught fire in The Solent. UK Coastguard asked Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) and Portsmouth Lifeboat to assist just after 1pm after the vessel issued an emergency radio...

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31 Oct GAFIRS assist two stricken vessels

Rescuers came to the aid of two stranded vessels on Sunday that had got into difficulties in The Solent. Crews from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) were launched at 1540 by UK Coastguard to assist an 18ft fishing vessel that was stranded off Browndown. The...

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22 Oct GAFIRS trains with Coastguard 104 helicopter

Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) assisted Coastguard 104 rescue helicopter with some vital lifesaving training in The Solent. The rescue helicopter, based at Lee-on-the-Solent, called on GAFIRS on October 16 to provide assistance with winching and life raft deployment. https://twitter.com/GAFIRS/status/787618720957038592 The exercise lasted around 45 minutes...

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01 Oct GAFIRS rescue crew of 12 on dismasted yacht

Rescuers came to the aid of a stricken 40-foot yacht on Saturday when it lost its mast while sailing in The Solent. The vessel, which had 12 people on board, had lost its mast and had rigging trailing in the water when Gosport & Fareham Inshore...

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25 Sep Trio of rescues for Gosport independent lifeboat

Rescuers were launched three times this weekend to assist vessels in distress in The Solent. Lifeboat crews from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS), based at Stokes Bay, Gosport, were first called into action by UK Coastguard on Saturday afternoon. GAFIRS was tasked to assist a...

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03 Sep GAFIRS launched to assist two vessels in distress

Gosport’s independent lifeboat came to the aid of two stricken vessels in quick succession on Friday night. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service’s (GAFIRS) voluntary crew were paged by UK Coastguard at 2120 to assist a yacht that had issued a Pan Pan emergency distress call. The...

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31 Aug GAFIRS evacuate injured man from fishing boat

Rescuers helped evacuate an injured man from a fishing vessel in Portsmouth Harbour on Tuesday evening. UK Coastguard tasked Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service to assist the man, who had fallen and injured his hip, at around 2230. The MOD police RIB was alongside the casualty...

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