100 volunteers have been keeping a watchful eye over our waters for the last two years but the team at Calshot in Hampshire has officially become part of the Maritime Search and Rescue Emergency services.
The tower which overlooks Southampton Water from Portsmouth to Yarmouth is one of the most iconic watch stations along our coastline .
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Five people have been rescued by a lifeboat after their motor boat begantaking on water when an engine component failed.
Both Calshot lifeboats were launched at 4:50 pm after a report from Solent Coastguard that the boat was in difficulty off Calshot beach.
The 18 foot motor boat with seven people on board, four adults and three children began to pump seawater into its engine compartment after an intake hose failed.
One adult and all of the children aboard were taken on to Calshot’s lifeboat which had been out on a training exercise
The boats skipper was taken aboard Calshot’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Max Walls_ and returned to Calshot to get equipment to retrieve his boat.
An Eastern Airways aircraft flying from Southampton has made an emergency landing at Newcastle International Airport after the pilot discovered a fault with an instrument panel in the cockpit. All the passengers have since transferred and departed on another flight to Aberdeen.
The airline has apologised to passengers for the inconvenience and say they will always err on the side of caution as safety is paramount.
A major security exercise is underway at the Port of Dover designed to test the ability of Kent's emergency services to deal with a terror attack.The scenario is that two terrorists have detonated a 'dirty bomb', exposing 50 border control staff to hazardous chemicals.
Hundreds of paramedics, firefighters and police are taking part in a simulation in the port of Dover.
Crews will be cleaning up a simulated chemical spill from a lorry which has accidentally dropped its hazardous cargo.
Officers are keen to stress that this is an exercise so residents should not be alarmed if they hear sirens in the area.