Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service lifesavers honoured

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VOLUNTEERS from the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs) were presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal this week in recognition of their work at sea.

The medals were presented by the presidents of Gafirs, the mayors and mayoresses of Gosport and Fareham, and the Gafirs patron, sailor Dee Caffari.

Two of the lifeboat coxswains, Mike Allen and Chris Rudd, were honoured for being involved with Gafirs for 35 years.

The rest of the 25 volunteers were honoured for giving up their time for more than 20 years, 12 years or five years.