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04 Jun GAFIRS lifeboat assists sailor with head injury

A 35-year-old sailor who suffered a head injury when his vessel overturned in The Solent was assisted by the crews of an independent lifeboat on Saturday. The man, from Portsmouth, was sailing with a friend in a 5.9-metre catamaran when they were overturned near No Man’s...

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03 Jun Lifeboat tows drifting RIB from shipping channel

Rescuers were called to assist a RIB which had lost power and was dangerously adrift in a shipping channel on Saturday morning. The vessel, which had two persons on board, issued a Pan Pan distress call when it lost power off Gilkicker, Stokes Bay, Gosport. The crew...

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28 May Mayday vessel pulled to safety by GAFIRS

Rescuers rushed to a stricken yacht when it issued a mayday distress call yesterday as it was dangerously drifting towards the shoreline. The vessel called for urgent help on its VHF radio when it lost power off Browndown, Gosport, around 1pm. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service...

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26 May Lifeboat launched to stricken jet skiers

Two jet skiers dangerously drifting in The Solent on Thursday evening were assisted by volunteer rescue crews. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) was launched by UK Coastguard to assist the jet skis which had been struck with engine failure one after the other. The jet...

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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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