GAFIRS lifeboat crew assisted a yacht that had suffered engine failure and snagged its anchor in the Solent

GAFIRS volunteers assisted the yacht after it ran into trouble.

The 39ft Bavaria was located just north of Osborne Bay, Isle of Wight, when it suffered the engine failure.

The yacht skipper hailed Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service at around 1pm, who offered to assist after informing UK Coastguard.

GAFIRS coxswain Mike Allen said: “When we got to the vessel it had snagged its anchor, so we assisted the crew to free that. We then took it under tow to Haslar Marina in Gosport.”

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GAFIRS crew helped placed the vessel safely alongside at Haslar and ensured the three crew safely returned to shore.

In total the rescue operation lasted just over two hours and was the 89th of the year for GAFIRS.