Author: James Baggott

29 Aug Woman with head injury airlifted off Solent Fort

Rescuers evacuated a woman with a serious head injury off a fort in the middle of The Solent this morning. The woman was winched into the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Spitbank Fort with assistance from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS). GAFIRS was launched at 0840...

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28 Aug Five people rescued after RIB breaks down in The Solent

Rescuers were tasked to assist a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) that had got into difficulties in the middle of The Solent on Sunday. The seven metre RIB was located between Fishbourne and Cowes when it suffered engine failure and was drifting near the shipping channel. Gosport &...

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26 Aug Gosport lifeboat tows 31ft catamaran to safety

Gosport independent lifeboat was called to assist a stricken 31ft catamaran in The Solent on Thursday evening. UK Coastguard requested Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service’s lifeboat, the Joan Dora Fuller, take over a tow of a casualty vessel from Bembridge Lifeboat after it had got...

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23 Aug GAFIRS help create viral video

Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) crew took part in the making of a special viral video to raise awareness of a charity campaign. The video - organised by Andy Elwood, a paramedic crewman of the Coastguard 104 rescue helicopter - is designed to highlight...

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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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