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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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04 Nov Fishing vessel towed to safety by GAFIRS

Rescuers were launched to assist a stricken fisherman in The Solent in the early hours of Saturday morning (November 4). Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service was paged to assist the fishing vessel, which had suffered power failure, by UK Coastguard at 1am. Voluntary lifeboat crews from...

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15 Oct Lifeboat launched to stricken fishermen

Rescuers from Gosport lifeboat station were launched by UK Coastguard to assist a fishing vessel that had been struck with engine failure early on Sunday morning (October 14). Crews from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) were tasked to assist a 31ft fishing vessel with...

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13 Sep GAFIRS help with major boat accident exercise

An exercise which saw six people pretend to be severely hurt following a boating accident at Stokes Bay put rescuers through their paces on Tuesday evening (Sept 12). The major incident saw Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS), Coastguard rescue teams from Hill Head and...

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