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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