Lifeboat rescuers called out seven times in three days

Gosport Lifeboat-afloat

A busy UK lifeboat crew has carried out seven rescues in three days including being alerted by a flare to a broken down RIB.

Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) was called to answer numerous incidents over one weekend in July.

Among the incidents was a the rescue of a Rigid Inflatable Boat, which developed engine problems and fired a red flare to alert the emergency services, who helped it return to Portsmouth Harbour.

The crew was also called to rescue a teenager on a broken-down jet ski and a yacht that had run aground on Ryde Sands.

GAFIRS chairman Keith Thomas says, “It was an extremely busy weekend for our independent lifeboat station and I’m glad we managed to help so many people.”

GAFIRS is an independent lifeboat and inshore rescue service that was founded in 1969. As a declared facility to the UK Coastguard, it provides emergency lifeboat cover to the Eastern Solent and Portsmouth Harbour.

jul. 26, 2016