Crews rescue stricken bird and two fishermen in Portsmouth Harbour

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LIFEBOAT crews rescued a bird trapped in the rigging of a yacht.

A cormorant was entangled in the boat in Portsmouth Harbour on Saturday.

The Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service crew took an officer from the RSPCA to the boat to recover the trapped bird.

Later on the same day a crew went to a 40ft yacht that had run aground in Stokes Bay, Gosport.

Two people were on board the boat, headed toward Portsmouth, and they needed assistance.

And on Sunday a crew responded to an urgent 999 call.

A fishing boat with two people on board had blown under Ryde pier, on the Isle of Wight.

Sea swell and strong winds buffeted the stricken vessel and trapped it against the pier.

The lifeboat crew put a towline on the craft and pulled it and the two occupants from danger.

One fisherman suffered minor head injuries and the other suffered an injury to his hand and leg.

Both men were taken to Ryde harbour and treated by the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.

Ryde Inshore Rescue Service towed the boat back to the harbour.

On Friday a crew had to assist a 7.5m rigid inflatable boat in the entrance to the Hamble river.

The craft had suffered a mechanical failure and was towed to Cowes.