MP Caroline Dinenage has found out more about the work of Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service.
Ms Dinenage visited its headquarters to learn more about its life-saving work.
She also climbed aboard and inspected its brand new, state-of-the-art lifeboat.
Ms Dinenage said: ‘Having long been a supporter of Gafirs, it is fantastic to finally see first-hand the Stokes Bay hub where they launch their search and rescue vessels and vehicles in times of emergency.
‘I was extremely impressed by the professionalism of the team, the equipment and the headquarters. I would like to pay tribute to the dedication and determination of those Gafirs volunteers who keep us safe while we enjoy our wonderful coastal location.
‘Gafirs has played an incredibly important role in recent emergency situations where local people have been in distress on the water, clearly demonstrating how much our local area relies upon this unit.’
Founded in 1969, GAFIRS is an independent search and rescue facility covering the Solent and Portsmouth Harbour.