New engine for Gafirs after £5k cash boost

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A LIFEBOAT rescue service will be able to respond quicker to emergencies following a £5,000 government grant.

Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs) will use the cash from the Department of Transport to fund a new more powerful outboard engine for its smaller inshore lifeboat – the service’s support craft for the main lifeboat.

Keith Thomas, Gafirs’ chairman said: ‘Our inshore lifeboat is a vital lifesaving boat and has been involved in many frontline rescues in recent years.

‘Its shallower draft means it can be used closer to the shoreline and in the shallow areas of Portsmouth Harbour, this has proven to be vital.

‘The new engine is more powerful and efficient and will enable our crews to get to rescues even quicker. We are thrilled to have been awarded this money.’

Gafirs was one of 62 independent search and research organisations to be handed the £1m in grants, following consideration from a panel of experts.