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17 May GAFIRS rescue to feature on BBC1 show

Rescuers from a lifeboat station who helped airlift a seriously ill woman to hospital will feature on a BBC1 television show this Friday. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service’s operation to help the Coastguard airlift a woman off Spitbank Fort on August Bank Holiday Monday last...

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13 May Speedboat smashing against rocks assisted by GAFIRS

Rescuers were called to a speedboat that was smashing against rocks on Southsea seafront after its engine failed on Saturday. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) was on routine patrol near Portsmouth Harbour entrance at 1159 when UK Coastguard tasked them to assist. Gosport independent lifeboat was...

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30 Apr Quick-thinking sailors save crew from sinking vessel

A quick-thinking pair of sailors plucked three people out of the water after their boat sank in The Solent on Saturday. The duo from Stokes Bay Sailing Club were passing in their two-man dinghy when they spotted the speed boat sinking off Gilkicker, Stokes Bay. Gosport &...

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14 Apr GAFIRS assist baby and parents on sinking vessel

Rescuers came to the aid of a sinking motor boat after its crew issued a mayday distress call on Good Friday. The 7.5-metre vessel, which had two adults and a baby on board, had suffered engine failure and was taking on water. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue...

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09 Apr Yacht aground pulled to safety by GAFIRS

Gosport independent lifeboat launched to a mayday distress call on Sunday afternoon after a yacht ran aground. The 40ft Beneteau, which had eight people on board, had struck Hamilton Bank, just outside Portsmouth Harbour and issued the mayday call on VHF radio at 1620. Gosport & Fareham...

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30 Mar GAFIRS launched to assist couple in trouble at pier

Rescuers were called to assist a vessel which had got into trouble after mooring up alongside a Portsmouth pier. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) was paged by UK Coastguard at 1740 to reports of a vessel in distress at Clarence Pier. The skipper of the...

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26 Mar Dedicated lifesavers honoured by GAFIRS

Two dedicated life-saving volunteers have been recognised for decades of service at an independent lifeboat station. At Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service’s (GAFIRS) annual general meeting on Friday (March 24), two outgoing committee members were awarded honourary lifetime membership in thanks for their years of...

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21 Mar GAFIRS pull boat adrift in shipping lane to safety

Rescuers were launched by UK Coastguard on Tuesday lunchtime to assist a 10-metre cabin cruiser dangerously adrift near Portsmouth. The pleasure craft, which had four people on board, had suffered engine failure near Horse Sand Fort and was drifting in the main shipping channel. Gosport & Fareham...

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14 Mar GAFIRS lifeboats called into action twice in one night

Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service's two lifeboats were called into action on Monday evening twice by UK Coastguard. The volunteer crews were paged by the Coastguard at around 2230 to assist with a search for a missing person with both the service’s lifeboat and inshore...

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