Rescue after boat skipper falls into water at Clarence Pier

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RESCUERS were called to Clarence Pier on Thursday night after a boat skipper fell into the water.

A crew from Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs) was paged by the UK Coastguard at 5.40pm after reports of a vessel in distress by the pier.

The skipper of the cabin cruiser had fallen into the water while the ship was mooring and the second person on board had been trying to help them before alerting the coastguard.

When rescuers arrived at the scene, the skipper was back in the boat and it was making its way into Portsmouth Harbour under the supervision of the Ministry of Defence Police.

Brian Pack, Gafirs’ senior coxswain, said: ‘When we arrived in Portsmouth Harbour the casualty vessel was about to come alongside at the Camber Dock.

‘My crew, alongside the MoD police, helped the casualties of the boat ashore, into the care of the coastguard and the ambulance service.’

The vessel was then towed by Gafirs to Haslar Marina.