Gafirs crew has a busy day tending stricken Solent boats

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A RESCUE team on the Solent reported a busy day with several call-outs.

Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue (Gafirs) was yesterday first called out to a 16ft speed boat with five people on board that had broken down, and was reported to be near the forts.

It could not give a clear position and Gafirs joined the RNLI from Portsmouth, Hamble Lifeboat and Ryde Inshore Rescue in searching for it. The boat was found by the Hamble crew near South Brambles.

Gafirs carried out a winch with a Coastguard helicopter to transfer a paramedic to check casualties out and then to take the paramedic back to the helicopter.

Hamble Lifeboat took the crew onboard and then Gosport Lifeboat towed the vessel to Lee-on-the-Solent slipway.

Gafirs then was sent to two children in a kayak in difficulty with in Stokes Bay, but when the crew arrived they were safe and both ashore.

The Gosport crew next went out to a vessel which had its anchor rope around its propeller, but when Gafirs arrived the vessel had been released and was being sailed into Portsmouth Harbour.

The Gafirs crew was also sent to assist Portsmouth Harbour Patrol 1 which was having difficulties recovering a vessel, but was stood down en route, and its last job of the day was a 10m sports boat that had smoke coming from engine bay.

The engine bay was checked and the vessel made its own way to Port Solent on one engine. A spokesman said: ‘It’s been a busy year so far, please be safe.’