The station's Mersey-class 12-003 RNLB Doris M Mann of Ampthill was launched from the site of the old boathouse for a final exercise on Saturday 11th February 2023, the boat acting as a casualty vessel so that the crew could practice towing with the new Shannon. The Mersey was then moored up in the outer harbour so that it could be run up to the quayside on Sunday 12th to say farewell to the town after 32 years service here. Blakeney Old Wild Rovers entertained a crowd on the quayside and both the ILB and Hunstanton Lifeboat ran alongside. The Mersey finally left Wells on 20th February, six of her longest serving crew taking her by sea from Wells to Lowestoft
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