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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) assisted Coastguard 104 rescue helicopter with some vital lifesaving training in The Solent. The rescue helicopter, based at Lee-on-the-Solent, called on GAFIRS on October 16 to provide assistance with winching and life raft deployment. https://twitter.com/GAFIRS/status/787618720957038592 The exercise lasted around 45 minutes...

Rescuers came to the aid of a stricken 40-foot yacht on Saturday when it lost its mast while sailing in The Solent. The vessel, which had 12 people on board, had lost its mast and had rigging trailing in the water when Gosport & Fareham Inshore...