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Ilfracombe lifeboat rescues stricken vessel

Safe in harbour - potting vessel Nemo with lifeboat crew Credit: RNLI/Ilfracombe

Volunteer crew members from Ilfracombe RNLI rescued a fishing boat this afternoon in strong winds and a heavy ground swell. The potting vessel Nemo had lost power approximately one mile off Lee Bay. The lifeboat Spirit of Derbyshire assisted her back to harbour with a tow line.

Coxswain Andrew Bengey said Nemo was a well-maintained boat run by professional fisherman, making the circumstances of the call-out unusual.


Hirst's 'Verity' almost finished

The sun rises on Damien Hirst's controversial 'Verity' statue Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Three months after she was craned into position, Damien Hirst's controversial 'Verity' statue should be open to the public in Ilfracombe later this week. Work to complete the base of the sculpture, including the laying of 30,000 slate tiles had been delayed due to the bad weather.

Wolf man's study centre plans dashed

A Devon man who's lived with a wolf pack in the wild for two and a half years wants to set up a study centre near Ilfracombe.

Shaun Ellis has kept a pack of wolves at Combe Martin for several years, but he's been refused permission. The district council has rejected the application because of worries about noise, traffic, and because it's in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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