Author: James Baggott

14 Aug Stricken 51-foot yacht helped by Gosport Lifeboat

Rescuers rushed to assist a 51-foot yacht that had suffered engine failure and was taking on water in The Solent on Saturday. The yacht – which was just off Osborne Bay, Isle of Wight – raised the alarm with UK Coastguard at 1430 and Gosport &...

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26 Jul GAFIRS Help Stricken Vessels During America’s Cup

Rescuers saved a family from a smouldering boat and helped a stricken vessel that had fouled its prop in a busy weekend of emergencies in The Solent. Crews from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service were on the water throughout the America’s Cup weekend and were...

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18 Jul GAFIRS Launch Seven Rescues In Three Days

Rescuers were called into action seven times in three days as a clutch of people got into trouble in waters around The Solent. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) dealt with a host of emergencies including a boat that had run aground, several broken down...

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10 Jul Gosport Lifeboat Launched To Save People In Water

Gosport’s independent lifeboat crew has been called upon three times in the last week to reports of people in distress in the water. On Saturday night (July 9), Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service was launched by UK Coastguard to reports of a woman in the...

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03 Jul Three Vessels Rescued During Dramatic Round The Island Race

Rescuers pulled a stricken 40ft luxury motor yacht out of a busy shipping channel on Saturday in the first of three emergencies in The Solent. Lifeboat crews from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service assisted three vessels in total on Saturday during a busy 13-hour shift. As...

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21 Jun GAFIRS Feature On BBC Radio Solent

Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service featured on BBC Radio Solent in a special four minute piece. BBC Reporter Neil Sackley, right, visited the station ahead of the Joan Dora Fuller’s official launch to record a news piece. The feature was broadcast on Saturday, June 18, the...

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20 Jun Two Yachts Rescued After Emergencies At Sea

GAFIRS rescuers were called to assist two yachts in distress on Sunday after one ran aground and another hit the submarine barrier in The Solent. Volunteer lifeboat crew from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service were first deployed by UK Coastguard to assist a vessel which...

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19 Jun Record Breaking Sailor Launches GAFIRS Lifeboats

Record-breaking sailor Dee Caffari officially launched Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service’s two new lifeboats on Saturday, June 18. Caffari celebrated the naming of the Joan Dora Fuller, the rescue service’s 9m RIB, and the Ian Fuller, GAFIRS’ smaller 4.8m RIB, by spraying the two new...

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19 Jun GAFIRS Show Off New Lifeboat At International Show

Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) displayed its new Lifeboat at Seawork International this week. The show, in Southampton, is Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition. Volunteer crews from GAFIRS took the new Delta lifeboat to the show on Wednesday and Thursday where 7,500 visitors...

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18 Jun Fact File: GAFIRS New Lifeboat

Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service vice chairman (strategic) Steve Ray has worked on the new lifeboat project for two years. Here he answers some questions about our new lifeboat. What is the new boat called? The Joan Dora Fuller. How big is she? She’s 9m long, 3.15m wide...

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