Author: James Baggott

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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17 Jun Dee Caffari To Launch New Gosport Lifeboat

Record-breaking sailor Dee Caffari will officially launch the new Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) lifeboat tomorrow. The naming ceremony will take place at Gosport Lifeboat Station at Stokes Bay, Gosport at 2pm on Saturday, June 18. GAFIRS patron Dee Caffari will be joined by the...

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30 May Helicopter Exercise Tops Off Busy Weekend Of Rescues

Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service had a busy Bank Holiday weekend of rescues – topped off by a training exercise with the Coastguard’s helicopter. Gosport Independent lifeboat crews were launched three times to assist vessels in distress over the weekend, then helped Coastguard 104 –...

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21 May Lifeboat Crews Assist Sailor With Serious Head Injury

A man with a serious head injury was rescued from a yacht in The Solent on Saturday (May 21) after an urgent Pan Pan distress call was made. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) was mobilised by UK Coastguard to assist the injured sailor who...

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24 Apr Two People Plucked From Water As Boat Sinks In Solent

Rescuers plucked two people out of the water on Sunday when their fishing vessel sank in the Solent. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service and Calshot Lifeboat were tasked by UK Coastguard to reports of a sinking boat off Titchfield Haven at 11am on Sunday morning. Calshot...

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10 Apr Three Vessels Saved From Trouble By Gosport Lifeboat

Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service was called into action three times on Sunday (April 10) to assist vessels in distress. The independent lifeboat, based at Stokes Bay, Gosport, was first tasked by UK Coastguard to assist a 26ft vessel drifting in Portchester Creek, at around...

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