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25 Jun GAFIRS Emergency Services Day scheduled for July 15

Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) will be throwing open its doors on July 15 to the public – and inviting its fellow emergency services along for the day too! The event, which starts at 11am, will let members of the public meet GAFIRS frontline...

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03 Jun Four vessels in distress assisted by GAFIRS Lifeboat

Volunteers at an independent lifeboat station were tasked to assist four separate vessels in distress this weekend (June 2-3). Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS), based at Stokes Bay, Gosport, was first mobilised by UK Coastguard at 8.30am on Saturday. A 28ft yacht had broken down...

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10 May Woman airlifted to hospital from Spit Bank Fort

A woman was airlifted to hospital from a luxury hotel in The Solent after becoming seriously ill. The 35-year-old had been at a party with friends on Spit Bank Fort when she started to drift in and out of consciousness around 10.30pm on Wednesday (May 9). Friends...

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24 Apr Stricken sailing vessel towed to safety

A 40ft sailing yacht which had suffered engine failure was towed to safety by an independent lifeboat on Tuesday morning (April 24). The vessel, which had two people on board and also had issues with its sails, was at anchor in Stokes Bay, Gosport, when UK...

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16 Apr Lifeboat called into action three times

Volunteer lifeboat crews were called upon by the Coastguard three times in just over 24 hours to assist people in trouble in the water. Two stranded fishermen, a young sailor who had got into difficulties and concerns about three men on an inflatable kayak saw Gosport...

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26 Mar GAFIRS evacuate sick man from luxury fort

A seriously ill man was evacuated from the luxury No Man’s Land Fort hotel early on Sunday morning by lifeboat crews. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) was paged to assist the diabetic 44-year-old man, who had become seriously ill and couldn’t be woken, at...

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18 Mar GAFIRS assist 44ft yacht struck by engine failure

A 44ft yacht that had suffered engine failure after a suspected fire was assisted by an independent lifeboat on Sunday (March 18). The crew of five – two of whom were suffering with serious sea sickness in the freezing, rough Solent waters – called the Coastguard...

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11 Mar GAFIRS crew treat woman with head injury

An independent lifeboat was mobilised to assist a woman who had been hit on the head by the boom of a sailing vessel on Sunday (March 11). Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service’s lifeboat was afloat training in the Solent when the yacht issued a mayday...

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