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rydeinshorerescueThe volunteer crew of Ryde Inshore Rescue were tasked to their first shout of the year yesterday evening (Friday) when they were called upon to assist a 40ft ‘pirate ship’ that had run out of fuel.

Ryde Rescue 1 lifeboat was tasked to launch at 16:40 by the National Maritime Operations Centre following reports that the vessel had broken down whilst towing a pontoon to Wootton.

Working alongside Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS), the lifeboat crew attempted to get the engine running again however despite supplying more diesel, the engine kept failing.

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With GAFIRS taking the boat under tow, Ryde Rescue took on the task of towing the pontoon into Wootton Creek.

The crew eventually returned to station at 19:45.

A spokesperson for Ryde Inshore Rescue said:

“If you go to sea for what ever reason, please make sure that you have the correct equipment on board including warm clothing, food and drink and enough fuel for you journey, allowing extra just in case”.

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