Lifeboat crew called out to family and two dogs on yacht

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A LIFEBOAT crew helped a family of four and their two dogs after a yacht got into difficulties in the Solent.

They were rescued early yesterday afternoon by the Gosport Independent Lifeboat, operated by the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs).

The UK coastguard paged the lifeboat crew after receiving a call for assistance from a 22ft yacht reporting that they had suffered damage to their mast.

The yacht had left Bembridge and was en route to the Hamble river.

The volunteer lifeboat crew’s response was hampered by weather conditions, as the crew faced flooded roads when trying to get to the station.

Once the lifeboat crew had secured the yacht alongside, the young couple and their two children aged seven and two were taken by road to the lifeboat station.

Lifeboat volunteers provided the family with warm showers, dry clothing and refreshments.