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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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05 Mar Woman airlifted from luxury hotel in Solent

An 81-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital after falling and breaking her arm on No Man’s Land Fort. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) was paged to assist the pensioner just before midnight on Sunday (March 4) at the luxury hotel. Three volunteer crew members –...

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13 Jan GAFIRS callout featured on BBC One

The aftermath of a speedboat trip which nearly ended in tragedy was the second GAFIRS incident to be featured on the BBC One programme Close Calls: On Camera. This series looks at incidents which almost ended in disaster. The footage features the crew of Gosport Lifeboat,...

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06 Dec GAFIRS to mark top fundraiser at New Year’s Day Swim

Time is running out for swimmers to register to brave the chilly waters of The Solent in aid of an independent lifeboat station on New Year’s Day. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service is once again holding its popular NYD Swim at midday on January 1. This...

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15 Nov GAFIRS launched to stranded fishermen

Rescuers were launched by UK Coastguard to assist two fishermen who were stranded in Portsmouth Harbour. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) was alerted at 0733 on Wednesday morning (November 15) to the duo, one of whom was without medication for an existing condition. GAFIRS was...

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08 Nov GAFIRS handed cash for new lifeboat engine

An independent lifeboat charity has been awarded more than £5,000 to purchase a new outboard engine to help save more lives at sea. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) was handed the cash by the Department for Transport as part of its inshore and inland...

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06 Nov GAFIRS tow 39ft yacht to safety

A yacht that had suffered engine failure and snagged its anchor in the Solent was assisted by a voluntary lifeboat crew. The 39ft Bavaria was located just north of Osbourne Bay, Isle of Wight, when it suffered the failure. The skipper hailed Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue...

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