New Wells lifeboat unveiled at RNLI open day
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The crew put their new inflatable inshore lifeboat, donated by a generous supporter, through its paces today as hundreds flocked to find out more about the work of its busy station.
The £50,000 D-797 Peter Wilcox was paid for with donations from the family and friends of the late Mr Wilcox, who came from Windsor, in Berkshire.
Wells lifeboat coxswain Allen Frary said: 'They approached the RNLI and said they'd like to buy a boat in Peter's memory. They were told that Wells was coming up for a new boat, so they chose Wells.'
Mr Frary said the new boat, which has a top speed of 25 knots, can operate up to six miles from the lifeboat station in winds of up to Force 5.
The inshore boat she replaces - the Jane Ann III - served the station for almost 10 years, during which she was launched more than 200 times.
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Wells hosts its annual Lifeboat Service on Sunday, July 31 (6pm). Thousands are expected at the Quay, along with a flotilla of small boats in the harbour, to hear crew members read lessons.
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