Gafirs crew come to rescue of boat that had become lost in fog

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Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service was called out by HM Coastguard to help a boat that became lost in fog.

The vessel’s two-man crew had become disorientated in the murky weather around No Mans Land Fort in the Solent on its way back to Langstone Harbour.

HM Coastguard paged the volunteer lifeboat crew based at Stokes Bay, Gosport, at about 7.45pm on Sunday. They used directional finding equipment to locate the missing vessel.

Coxswain Steve Ray said: ‘Once we found the boat we escorted it back to Camber Dock in Old Portsmouth where it remained until the weather cleared.

‘The weather made it tricky to locate the vessel, but the equipment onboard the lifeboat, and the assistance of our shore crew working with charts back at base, helped us find them as quickly as possible.’