Wells-next-the-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Station houses an all-weather lifeboat and an inshore lifeboat to save lives and assist with emergencies around Wells and off the North Norfolk coast. Manned by volunteer crews, the boats are ready to launch within minutes, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This website will tell you more about the station and give you a taste of what we do and the traditions of the lifeboat service.
After discussion, it was decided to launch the ILB in the first instance to try to locate the yacht and, if found close by, to tow it to Wells. The crew were paged at 08:34. Launching from Holkham Bay at 08:58 the ILB began a search towards Burnham Overy harbour but without result. The ALB was taken from the boathouse to use its VHF direction finding equipment, giving a NW bearing to the yacht. At the same time the local coastguard team reported sighting a vessel estimated to be 5 miles north of Brancaster harbour. With this information and sufficient crew already available at the boathouse, it was decided to launch the ALB. As the ALB was in the process of launching from Holkham Bay at 09:50, the ILB reported that it was alongside the Ra and would begin to tow the vessel towards Wells. The lifeboats rendezvoused at 10:15 where the tow was transferred to the ALB and the ILB released to return to station. Passage resumed to Wells and the casualty was moored on the quayside pontoons at 12:00. The ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 11:30 and the ALB by 13:00.
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A charter fishing vessel Katie Louise diverted to stand by the yacht while the lifeboat proceeded to a low water launch at Holkham Bay and to rendevous with the casualty at 13:15, approximately 1nm north east of the harbour. A crew member was transferred to the Gin Fizz and a tow established towards Wells. There was insufficient water to attempt to take the yacht into the harbour entrance channel so the tow was continued into more sheltered water in Holkham Bay. Here, it was decided that, given the forecast, rather than leave the yacht to make its own way in on the evening tide it would be better for the lifeboat to wait with it. The lifeboat therefore anchored until 18:30 before bringing the yacht into Wells on the first of the tide.
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The lifeboat launched from Holkham Bay at 18:50 and arrived alongside the yacht at 19:25, which was by now making good progress under sail towards Wells. The lifeboat escorted the yacht to the fairway where, at 20:50, a crew member was placed aboard and a tow attached to take the vessel into harbour early on the flood tide. The Amigo was safely moored up in the outer harbour by 21:20.
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Ian Dye, a former fisherman, was looking for ways to raise money for the new lifeboat in Wells but little did he think he'd have to suffer the pain of a body wax in the process.
Ian, who lives in Kings Lynn, has given up fishing and made his hobby of tattooing his main job. He owns Dyed Skin tattoo studio in the centre of Wells-next-the-Sea and it was one of his clients, Rachael Olive, who suggested he might come to her mum's hairdressers Contrasts Hair and Beauty and have a body wax for charity.
Rachael, who is a body piercer and barber, said, “I thought he could get people to sponsor him and I could get my own back and make him suffer like I did when he tattooed me!”
So on Saturday, 6th September, Ian submitted himself to being waxed by Rachael and beautician, Rachael Williamson. Ian said, “I've never had it done before. I'd say the pain is about the same as being tattooed but it's all in aid of a good cause. As a fisherman, being out at sea in heavy weather and something goes wrong, it's good to know the lifeboat and crew are always there when you need them.”
The total raised was £285.00
56 golfers in 14 teams made a success of our RNLI Golf Day at Weston Park Golf Club on the outskirts of Lenwade on 28th August. The teams competed for a crystal glass trophy and a selection of other prizes. The match was won by Bernie Vaughan, Liz Vaughan, Lindsay Woods and Kevin Pratt, with a net score of 59.8. The team from Barclays, namely Tom Hall, Paul Knights, Ian Munford and Scott Symonds came second with 61.5 and third were David Graveling, Nigel Stewart, Brian Stops and Andy Bullen from Sheringham Golf Club with 61.9 net.
A prize raffle and charity auction raised £1000 and Barclays Bank has offered to match this with an additional donation. Overall, the event has raised a record £3800 with some donations still to come in.
Organisers John Mitchell, Wells Lifeboat Press Officer, and Sue Edwards were delighted with the support for the event both from players and from businesses and individuals offering sponsorship and prizes. The competiton originally started in 2003 and the crystal glass trophy was donated in 2005 by the late Lady Gwenneth Mackintosh, President of the Norwich Ladies Lifeboat Guild.
Lehr Perowne from "The Waterfront" B&B in Wells won our prize draw for an original painting by local artist Linda Pattrick, after her winning ticket was chosen on 31 August. Lehr who is "delighted with the picture" is already a regular supporter of our Shannon appeal with a collecting box at her B&B All 500 tickets for the picture raffle were sold, raising £500 towards our new lifeboat. Many thanks to all who entered and to Linda Pattrick for donating the picture and got helping us to sell the tickets and promote the appeal at her exhibition.
Local knitter Sara Phillips has donated a traditional fisherman's gansey for a prize draw in aid of the Shannon Appeal. Knitted in the round on multiple needles, the sweater features a yoke pattern that combines the traditional Norfolk rig-and-fur bands with marriage lines and coils of rope based on the ganseys worn by the Wells lifeboat crew in the 1920s. For your chance to win this unique, warm and durable sweater, click here.
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