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D-Day 70: Close shave for sailors

A 8.4 metre inboard diesel RIB on passage from Gosport to Hamble suffered fuel starvation as it was leaving Portsmouth Harbour via the small boat channel and had to be pulled out of the way of HMS Bulwark by Gosport and Fareham Inshore REscue Service (Gafirs).
HMS Bulwark was there for the D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations of the coast of Southsea
Thursday, June 5, 2014

A 8.4 metre inboard diesel RIB on passage from Gosport to Hamble suffered fuel starvation as it was leaving Portsmouth Harbour via the small boat channel and had to be pulled out of the way of HMS Bulwark by Gosport and Fareham Inshore REscue Service (Gafirs). HMS Bulwark was there for the D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations of the coast of Southsea Thursday, June 5, 2014

THIS was the moment just after a RIB was saved from being dragged under the bow of HMS Bulwark.

Solent Coastguard received a call at 12.45pm to say the RIB had broken down at the entrance to the harbour – as the warship was heading out.

With just seconds to avert disaster the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue (Gafirs) arrived and threw a tow-rope to the boat and they pulled it out of harm’s way.

Gafirs vice-chairman Mike Allen said: ‘This was a close call and it is fortunate that we were able to respond so quickly.

‘I’m not sure if HMS Bulwark was aware of the RIB’s presence or ours as it happened quickly and there were no sound signals from HMS Bulwark to indicate that they were aware we were there.’

 

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