Coastwatch gets all clear

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VOLUNTEER watchkeepers at a National Coastwatch station have passed their annual inspection with flying colours.

The tower at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport has requalified to be included as part of the UK Maritime Search and Rescue Service.

Inspectors from the coastguard service put the watchkeepers through a series of tests and a full-scale search and rescue exercise.

The exercise saw a Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs) launch guided by the volunteers to reach a yacht reported to be in difficulties in Portsmouth Harbour.