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RNLI reach fundraising target for new Norfolk lifeboat

The RNLI in Norfolk is celebrating after raising the £250,000 it needs to go towards the cost of a new lifeboat.

The Wells Shannon Appeal was launched to raise its share of the money for a state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat at Wells-next-the-Sea.

It will replace the existing vessel which has been in operation for 25 years.

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Man cut off by tide in north Norfolk is rescued

Wells lifeboat. Credit: RNLI.

A lifeboat crew came to the rescue of a man on the north Norfolk coast after he was cut off by the tide.

A member of the public raised the alarm after shouts were heard coming from across the narrow channel entering Wells Harbour.

The coastguard was alerted at about 8.15pm on Friday, an hour after high water.

Wells RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched and found the man within a few minutes.

Power cables removed from beauty spot in Norfolk

Power cables and poles being removed from Holkham Estate, Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Power cables and 19 supporting poles have been removed from an area of outstanding beauty in North Norfolk.

The cables now run underground, opening up the vista across from Holkham beach to Wells-next-the-Sea.

The work is costing £115,000 and it's hoped it will improve the experience of the area for tourists.

The cables are now underground, rather than on the landscape Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Just as I was driving up the coast road, half the poles had been taken down and the difference it made to the landscape was tremendous. You don't think they're that significant, but as soon as they're gone, the landscape, which is vast, is greatly improved by it."

– Sarah Henderson, Holkham Estate Conservation Manager


Lifeboat rescues yacht in difficulty off Norfolk

Wells lifeboat Credit: RNLI

The lifeboat from Wells on the North Norfolk coast was launched yesterday evening (Saturday) to help a 28 foot yacht which had run into difficulties. The bilge keel Yacht "Amigo" with 2 persons on-board, was on its way towards Grimsby on a Northerly heading when it ran into mechanical difficulties and was not making any headway. The yacht then reversed its course and started to proceed toward the 'safe port' of Wells.

At 17:20 Humber Coastguard requested that the Wells all-weather Lifeboat be launched, as they were uncertain that the yacht would be able to make a safe landfall and navigate to the safety of the port. The crew were paged at 17:20 and the Lifeboat left the Boathouse at 17:30. The Lifeboat launched in Holkham Bay at 17:50 and proceeded toward the casualty which was about 40 mins to the Northward in the vicinity of the Docking Shoal. The Lifeboat arrived on scene at 19:25 and escorted the vessel toward Wells.

At 20:50 in the outer approaches to the harbour a crew member was placed on board the Amigo and a towline was attached. The lifeboat entered the harbour channel at 21:00 and towed the yacht to the safety of the outer harbour.

Overturned kayak spotted off Norfolk coast

The inshore lifeboat crew with the deflated kayak Credit: RNLI

Two people were feared to be in the water off the North Norfolk coast after a kayak was found overturned in the water.

The sighting of the kayak sparked a rescue operation when the alarm was raised a mile north of Burnham Overy Staithe.

It was thought two people had been inside the boat and so the Wells inshore lifeboat team were sent to investigate.

The all-weather lifefboat was then launched to help in the search for the missing crew, but was stood down after the missing persons were found safe on the shore.

Operations Manager Chris Hardy said. "From the land it looked as if there were two people on board and you can't take chances with situations like this. I am pleased that it all ended well in this case."

David Cameron says more could be done to prevent floods

"I think you can always do more, so here we are with a flood that was bigger than 1953, but with many fewer homes flooded - even though of course we built lots of homes in flood plains since then.

"So, I think the figure is had there been no flood defences you could have seen 800,000 homes flooded. So there's always more that can be done.

"There's always more flood defences that can be put in place, the funding is there but you can't always protect everything."

– David Cameron
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