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Shipping Minister takes time out to visit Wells RNLI Lifeboat Station volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

The Government's minister for shipping took time out from his summer holiday to visit Wells RNLI Lifeboat Station and meet the volunteers lifeboat crew who regularly give up their time to save lives at sea.

Shipping Minister John Hayes CBE MP with Wells RNLI Coxswain Allen Frary


Shipping Minister John Hayes CBE MP with Wells RNLI Coxswain Allen Frary

The Rt. Hon. John Hayes CBE MP visited the lifeboat station to see the work of the RNLI in Wells. He was accompanied by his wife and two sons and was shown around the inshore and all-weather lifeboats.

Lifeboat Chairman, Peter Rainsford, Coxswain Allen Frary and volunteer crew greeted his party and they had the opportunity to discuss the work of the station in saving lives at sea.

He was also interested to hear the history of the station and to hear how the station volunteers work closely with the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), which comes within his responsibilities.

He also was asked by Chairman Peter Rainsford to pass on to his civil service colleagues the RNLI's appreciation for the fundraising work of The Lifeboat Fund, the official charity of the Civil Service, to raise £1.1m for the new lifeboat for Wells. This is equivalent to more than 50% of the total cost. To date nearly £1m has been raised including £400,000 funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.

Mr Hayes said, “The RNLI do a wonderful job in in what they do rescuing those in difficulty at sea.”

John Hayes and his family regularly visit north Norfolk for their holidays. His constituency is in neighbouring South Lincolnshire. As minister of state for transport his brief covers roads, bus and taxi policies as well as maritime and shipping.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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