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About Merlin

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. Welcome to our 3 new members this week. :)

  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. ☝🏻️
  9. Subtle changes taking place day by day!

  10. Lifeboat Night 25th Oct. 2012

    © Cowes Lifeboat Station

  11. Trials Afloat

  12. Gt. Yarmouth & Gorleston Trent

  13. Work Images

    Pictures taken while at work.
  14. 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.