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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 &...

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...

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...

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...