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Appeal launched for new lifeboat in Wells

An appeal's been launched for a new lifeboat at Wells on the Norfolk coast.

Over the years,thousands of lives have been saved by crews from the town. but volunteers at the station want to replace the current boat with a faster, more modern vessel.

Although most of the two million pounds needed has already come from legacy gifts, 250 thousand pounds still has to be raised over the next 18 months.

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3 men rescued from sinking fishing boat

Three fishermen have been rescued off Dunwich in Suffolk after their boat sprung a leak this morning and sunk within three minutes.

Thames Coastguard says lifeboats attended from Aldeburgh and Southwold and found the men on a life raft which had been launched from the stricken vessel.

Its thought the 10 metre long Southern Star, a registered fishing boat, which had set out from Lowestoft had developed a mechanical problem at 10am which allowed it to take on water.

Another vessel the 'Mistress Three' picked up the three men and transferred them to the Southwold Lifeboat, they were then taken to shore. No injuries have been reported.

New lifeboat visits Norfolk

The new Shannon class lifeboat
The new Shannon class lifeboat Credit: RNLI

A new type of lifeboat is due to visit Wells Lifeboat Station in Norfolk.

The RNLI Shannon class vessel is designed to replace the current Mersey class boat currently stationed at Wells.

The Shannon is undergoing nationwide sea trials.

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