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  2. Wells Coxswain Retires

    As we move towards the end of March 2018, it is with a certain amount of pride that I blog about a man I am proud to call a friend! Allen Frary, is about to retire from his long held position, as Coxswain/Mechanic at the RNLI lifeboat station at Wells-Next-The-Sea in west norfolk, UK. He & his crew are credited, with saving the lives of 49 people during his illustrious career, all of whom I am sure are tremendously grateful! Allen has been involved at the station for more than 40 years. He is a very well known figure in Wells, originally earning his living as a fisherman out of the towns harbour, for many years previously. Attaining the position of town mayor as well as town council chairman among others. The man has a magnificent sense of humour and has spent many hours making people laugh and joined in on more than a few 'pranks' with fellow crew members and staff alike. He has passed on his knowledge of many skills and traditions over the years, to new and old crew alike. When he retires he will be moving up to the west of Scotland to a house he has recently purchased, with his partner. I, along with MANY others wish them all the success and happiness in there new life away from Norfolk. Allen, you will be missed by many and I would like to say what a privilege it has been to support you and your station over the past decade and I look forward to seeing you again sometime in the not too distant future. Farewell and safe passage sir.
  3. When You Register

    When you go through the registration process on the site, please be aware that a verification email sent, to your registered email address. You MUST click the link in that email, to enable completion of the registration process! If you encounter any issues while completing the process, please send me a message, so I can sort out any problems. Thank you.
  4. Is This You?

    We are looking for rescuers' with one these skills, to lead / moderate a forum on their own area of expertise. Could you volunteer to do this? We'd love to hear from you! As a community site, we hope to encourage our members to lead the way, sharing their knowledge with our visitors and each other. If your skill-set is not here yet, just contact me to get it set up...
  5. Welcome to our 3 new members this week. :)

  6. Invites out to Founder Members

  7. Volunteer Crew or Staff?

    Hi all, Are you involved in the RNLI as a volunteer or staff member? Come inside and be part of this 'club' so you can tell us what it is you do. You don't have to be sea going or even fond of water to be part of saving lives at sea! We'd love to hear from you and get an insight into how it all works. The first question I have is: Who is that in the orange romper suit? I'm sure he won't mind me asking...
  8. D4H Technologies have been building 'Readiness and Response' software since 2008. Robin Blandford, the founder and CEO of D4H, has worked tirelessly with many emergency services around the world. Implementing and building the D4H platform into the outstanding information management software it is today. Based, appropriately, in the Baily lighthouse on the southern tip of Howth head in Ireland. Visit D4H to find out more.
  9. Q & A Session on Twitter

    A question and answer session will take place today (4th Feb 2018) between 12:00 - 13:00 UTC on Twitter! This is your chance to find out more about the plans & ideas we have for the website. You can use the hashtag #MR2182 on the day, see you there.
  10. Using A Tablet?

    If you are using a tablet, to view this website, you may find that you have to touch the buttons across the top to navigate twice. It seems the first time you touch it, all it does is highlight the button. Just touch it again, to go to the desired webpage. ☝🏻️
  11. Subtle changes taking place day by day!

  12. Lifeboat Night 25th Oct. 2012

    © Cowes Lifeboat Station

  13. Trials Afloat

  14. Gt. Yarmouth & Gorleston Trent

  15. Work Images

    Pictures taken while at work.
  16. Tuesday 9th January saw the Canadian Coast Guard announce 2 new lifeboat stations, at Old Parlican & Twillingate with improvements at St. Anthony to follow. A five year $108m plan will see 4 new stations built in British Columbia, to boost the regions rescue assets. The locations were chosen after gaps were found in the areas search and rescue response capabilities. New rescue vessels will include a fast-rescue craft as well as a 19 meter vessel that will be able to search up to 120 miles offshore! Further details are available here. Maritime Rescue wishes the new stations and crew all the very best for the future.
  17. Pilot Boat Capsizes 2 Lives Lost

    A pilot boat capsized in the Gulf of Finland, south of Porvoo lighthouse, on Friday 8th Dec 2017 at around 17:00. After reports were recieved by MRC Helsinki, Finnish Border Guard boats were dispatched to the scene along with other vessels and aircraft. Heavy swells in the area hampered rescue and after righting attempts caused the pilot boat to sink, divers entered the vessel and located the bodies of 2 crew members. A sad incident at any time, but with christmas so close, our thoughts are with their families at this time. More details on Maritime Executive website...
  18. In The Beginning!

    This is a reincarnation, of an original idea of mine, that I had over a decade ago! It has been reinvented many times, but always seems to come back to this... I've wanted to build an online community, for like minded people, who are actively involved in rescues from water. Now this could happen out in the big oceans, or on a lake or river inland. No matter where it is, people need assistance from time to time and there are many people prepared to help, at a moments notice! They can be full time employed or volunteers, it really doesn't matter! The important thing is, they are there! (We are there!) This global enterprise is available for you to share your ideas, skills, aspirations, knowledge, pictures, missions etc. It would be great to get a community that you want to be a part of, that will grow into something amazing. All I ask is that you be actively involved in some way with an organisation, association, club, force, unit or business that is directly involved in Saving Lives Around The World! All it needs is for you to register and take part in this growing network of rescuers from around the globe, to make this our first port of call, to interact with someone doing the same role maybe on the other side of the planet.. Your input is vital to the success of this website, so don't be afraid to put your suggestions and ideas forward. Who knows, you could even become a site moderator or article contributor. Like any maritime rescue - I can't do this alone..!
  19. Tell Us Your Story

    We are looking for people who would like to tell their story, about how they got involved in rescues from water. You can be a rescue swimmer or boathouse manager, shore crew or rescue pilot, it doesn't mater what. Each of us are an integral part of the rescue team. We're not looking for 'heroes' we can't all be one of them! Just dedicated, selfless, helpful people who would like to share their story. We could begin with one person from each organisation or rescue discipline and maybe get them to fill in a questionnaire? Above all we want you, the member, to feel involved with this website and its growth, by helping to inform our site visitors about how we carry out our roles within the maritime rescue sector that we work/volunteer in. If you'd like to be a part of this blog, please contact me for further details, or leave a comment below, to find out how you can get involved.
  20. Lifeboats of Scotland Video

  21. 22 Rescued off Danger Point

    22 crew rescued as fishing vessel sinks off Cape coast More than 20 crew members were saved during a rescue operation after their fishing vessel started to sink in rough seas off Danger Point on the Cape South Coast. The South African maritime safety authority’s maritime rescue coordination centre (MRCC) coordinated the rescue of 22 crew in the early hours of Friday after the fishing vessel Ellis S, owned by Sevlak Investments, began taking on water off Danger Point which is near Gansbaai. Find out more here.
  22. SafeTrx is a tracking App, created in Ireland, that lets you submit a journey plan, with information that would help a rescue service locate you much quicker than is usually possible. It will send messages to yourself and ICE contacts, before contacting the coastguard, in the event of you needing assistance. Even if your battery runs out or you device is dropped overboard, it will store your last known position, to enable faster search planning and ultimately recovery! Many rescue organisations have taken this App/software 'on board' and they promote it's use. Click on the image above to go to the SafeTrx website to find out more details. Have you used this App?
  23. Systems Technician

    Systems Technician's within the RNLI are divided into regions and cover an area of coast carrying out planned and unplanned maintenance, as well as performing breakdown cover for "out of hours" work. We are full time members of staff, who are there to support the stations on the coast and look after the lifeguard equipment as well. There are Regional bases as well as Support Centres in each area, although the technicians are all mobile, working out of a van. The work is varied and interesting, often you will be at more than one location every week, which gives plenty of scope to the type of work you get involved in! Working very closely with volunteers and staff alike, it's an enjoyable job, that enables you to learn new skills and find that you are more capable than you realise. One of the best parts of the job, is going to sea, on trials, in the sunshine and calmer weather. This in turn means that the crews can rest assured that their 'kit' is always ready to go! Im very proud to be able to support our crews, having been at the sharpe end for many years
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