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Wells RNLI's Mersey class lifeboat Doris Mann of Ampthill undertakes final role

Lifeboats News Release

At 7:30 this morning Doris M Mann of Ampthill with a crew of six onboard comprising all the coxswains and senior crew left Wells harbour on her decommissioning passage to Lowestoft.

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Doris M Mann of Ampthill

As she left the outer harbour the Station RNLI flag was lowered as a mark of huge respect and recognition for the 32 years of excellent service this lifeboat had achieved saving lives off Wells coastline.


Once clear of the harbour and at sea due north of the Boathouse the lifeboat turned to face the town and for the crew and the station to honour all who had served onboard this lifeboat over the years, particularly those crewmembers who are sadly no longer here but remembered forever.


As the lifeboat resumed on passage four white parachute flares were fired to mark the four decades the
Doris M Mann had steadfastly served Wells RNLI.

Notes to editors

The Mersey class all weather lifeboat, Doris M Mann of Ampthill operational number 12-003, entered service in Wells under coxswain Graham Walker in July 1990. She was funded by the legacy of Doris M Mann of Ampthill, Bedfordshire and was named by HRH the Duchess of Kent in a ceremony on Wells Quay on 17 July 1990.

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Doris M Mann of Ampthill

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Doris M Mann of Ampthill

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