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15 Feb GAFIRS assist broken RIB and three dinghies

Rescuers were called out by UK Coastguard on Wednesday afternoon to a safety boat in trouble just outside Portsmouth Harbour. Volunteer crews from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) were mobilised just after 3pm to assist the 4.5m RIB that had broken down in the...

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29 Jan Yacht aground towed to safety by GAFIRS

A single manned yacht that had run aground outside Portsmouth Harbour was pulled to safety on Friday night by a volunteer lifeboat crew.  The 11m vessel had run aground on Hamilton Bank just outside the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour and was stuck fast when volunteer lifeboat...

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15 Jan GAFIRS rescue teenage sailor with head injury

A 17-year-old boy who had fallen out of a capsized dinghy and hit his head was saved by rescuers on Saturday. Volunteer lifeboat crews from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) were returning from an exercise in Cowes when they were flagged down by a...

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01 Jan Hundreds take chilly swim in The Solent for charity

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Where’s Wally, a caveman, a Christmas Pudding and countless jockeys joined more than 500 other swimmers taking a chilly plunge in The Solent on New Year’s Day. The Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service New Year’s Day Swim was the most popular...

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27 Dec Last call for entries for New Year’s Day Swim

A last call for entries for a chilly New Year’s Day dip in The Solent has been issued by Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS). The charity event takes place at noon on New Year’s Day and will see hundreds of brave swimmers take the plunge...

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10 Dec GAFIRS search for missing persons in The Solent 

A major multi-agency search for possible missing persons in The Solent was launched on Saturday (December 10) after Gosport Independent Lifeboat discovered two illuminated torches floating in the sea. Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) was paged by UK Coastguard at 6.30am to investigate reports...

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13 Nov GAFIRS assist four stricken fishermen

Rescuers were launched to assist four fishermen who were stranded in The Solent when the engine on their fishing boat failed. UK Coastguard paged the volunteer crew from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) just after 8pm to assist. When GAFIRS arrived on the scene, just...

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06 Nov GAFIRS assist 36ft boat ablaze in The Solent

Rescuers were tasked to assist the crew of a 36ft motor boat on Sunday after it caught fire in The Solent. UK Coastguard asked Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) and Portsmouth Lifeboat to assist just after 1pm after the vessel issued an emergency radio...

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31 Oct GAFIRS assist two stricken vessels

Rescuers came to the aid of two stranded vessels on Sunday that had got into difficulties in The Solent. Crews from Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) were launched at 1540 by UK Coastguard to assist an 18ft fishing vessel that was stranded off Browndown. The...

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