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Calshot launch to people in the water

Calshot lifeboat Max Walls was tasked this morning by UK Coasguard after receiving a 999 call from 2 fishermen whose boat was taking on water in the Solent.
The crew who were exercising in the area made their way at best speed to the reported approximate position and located the 2 casualties who were now in the water clinging to their upturned boat. The casualties were recovered intot he lifeboat and once medical assessments had been made, they were taken ashore to meet an Ambulance.
Gosport Lifeboat attended to the capsized and submerged vessel to prevent it becoming a hazard to navigation.

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