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Old 31 December 2012, 07:03   #1
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New Years day idea

If you close to Portsmouth- Southampton
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Old 01 January 2013, 08:47   #2
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What a fantastic turnout, hope you collected loads of money
Here are some images for you, weather bright blue skies and great for sailing and boating. Mad swimmers!
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I am sure the lifeboat guys will post the swimmers but there were hundreds! Could not get too close
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I normally get to go to this. However I'm taking advantage of the lovely weather today and had my head under the bonnet of my truck trying to fix it all morning.

Glad they had their normal turnout.
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What a fantastic turnout, hope you collected loads of money
Here are some images for you, weather bright blue skies and great for sailing and boating. Mad swimmers!
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I am sure the lifeboat guys will post the swimmers but there were hundreds! Could not get too close
http://www.facebook.com/GAFIRS

According to my email there was 300 swimmers registered for 42 charities
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Old 01 January 2013, 12:31   #5
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According to my email there was 300 swimmers registered for 42 charities
Yep well done to them all, I managed to get some cash into the collectors GAFIRS boxes, were you there today?
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were you there today?
Unfortunately not. Three out of four of us are poorly and have spent Xmas on the sofa or in the little room, due up the weekend but can't see it happening

Event pics look good and the video should be out tomorrow.
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300 hundred swimmers/dippers registered with GAFIRS for the Annual New Years Day, most were in fancy dress. Monies were being raised for 42 different charities. Literally thousands of people lined the waters edge at Stokes Bay. The Coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent took part in an exercise with the Gosport Independent Lifeboat prior to the start of the "Dip"

On the day, almost 3000 was raised for GAFIRS, with even more money being raised for the other 41 charities, the day was indeed a great success.

The Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service is an Indpendent Lifeboat Service. As a declared facility with HM Coastguard the service is oncall 24/7.

First call of the year came within an hour of the New Years Day Dip, the coastguard helicopter, both Gosport Lifeboats & the Portsmouth RNLI Lifeboat were tasked to a report of a person in the water off Southsea seafront, fortunately it was a false alarm with good intent.

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300 hundred swimmers/dippers registered with GAFIRS for the Annual New Years Day, most were in fancy dress. Monies were being raised for 42 different charities. Literally thousands of people lined the waters edge at Stokes Bay. The Coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent took part in an exercise with the Gosport Independent Lifeboat prior to the start of the "Dip"

On the day, almost 3000 was raised for GAFIRS, with even more money being raised for the other 41 charities, the day was indeed a great success.

The Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service is an Indpendent Lifeboat Service. As a declared facility with HM Coastguard the service is oncall 24/7.

First call of the year came within an hour of the New Years Day Dip, the coastguard helicopter, both Gosport Lifeboats & the Portsmouth RNLI Lifeboat were tasked to a report of a person in the water off Southsea seafront, fortunately it was a false alarm with good intent.

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How much did the heli cost to get up in the air?
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How much did the heli cost to get up in the air?
Not sure but their training schedule means training every day and that invest this type of work, regulars on Solent see them doing this with yachts, tall ships, ferries tugs etc . Has to be done at all costs in every weather type so this event raised loads for rescue services
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