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BIRTHDAY celebrations out in the Solent were called to an abrupt halt when a boat ran out of fuel.

The owner of the boat, and two friends, were forced to call Solent Coastguard, just after 4pm yesterday when they hit a fuel problem near Gilkicker Point, in Gosport.

Despite being just half it’s size the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS), a voluntary lifeboat rescue crew, launched and towed the 52ft Fairline Squadron - weighing 18 tons - back to Haslar Marina in Gosport.

There they were met by GAFIRS shore crew who assisted with mooring the vessel alongside.

The whole incident took just over two hours and the boat owner told the GAFIRS he was just happy to be safely onshore despite the disruptions to his birthday celebrations.