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Welcome to Wells RNLI

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.

Recent Services

17 May 2016

A launch request was received from Humber Coastguard to assist the 22ft yacht Hobo with two persons on-board which had grounded NE of Brancaster wreck following an engine failure. Initially the all-weather lifeboat was requested but due to the casualty's position and an ebbing tide it was decided that the ILB would be better suited to the task. Launching from the boathouse at 17:32 the ILB proceeded to Brancaster harbour. Prior to arrival, the local Coastguard team observing from Brancaster beach reported that the Hobo had managed to gain deeper water and was underway having re-started its engine. The ILB was requested to continue and to escort vessel into harbour in case of further difficulty. Arriving on scene at 17:57 and with no further incident, the ILB assisted to secure the vessel to a mooring at 18:42. The lifeboat returned to station at 19:21 and was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 19:42.

Weather Fine Visibility Good Wind SW 2/3 Sea Slight

15 May 2016

The inshore lifeboat was paged at 02:16 to search for a person thought to have jumped into the water at the quay. Launching at 02:28 from the boathouse, the ILB commenced a search of the quay at 02:31 while local coastguard units searched on land from the east end through the quay and pontoons and down the beach bank. The ILB expanded its search into adjoining creeks and to check the decks of all moored boats and by 03:22 had also completed a search of the Outer Harbour area. At 03:46 Humber Coastguard ended the search with nothing found. The ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 04:15.

Weather Part cloud Visibility Good Wind NNW 4 Sea Calm

7 May 2016

Humber Coastguard requested an ILB launch at 19:21 after two persons were seen to be cut off by the tide east of Holkham Gap. The crew were paged at 19:23 and the ILB was on scene with the casualties at 19:39. With the two persons on-board and it being high water on a spring tide, the ILB was able to land the casualties at the board walk at Lady Anne's Drive where they were met by local Coastguard officers. Returning to station at 20:09 the ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 20:25.

Weather Fine Visibility Good Wind NNE 2/3 Sea Slight

5 May 2016

Humber Coastguard requested the inshore lifeboat to assist two persons cut off by the tide on the eastern end of Scolt Head island. Launching at 16:36 from the boathouse the ILB proceeded to Overy harbour entrance and located the casualties at 16:48. The ILB then transported the two persons to Overy quayside where they were handed into the care of the local Coastguard team. Released at 17:00, the ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 17:45.

Weather Part cloudy Visibility Good Wind SE 2/3 Sea Slight

8 April 2016

A launch request for both the ILB and ALB was received at 20:43 from Humber Coastguard reporting that a vehicle had been seen to enter the water at Brancaster although the information received was vague as to the exact location. As the ILB launched, information was received via the police that the vehicle was stranded in water on the flooded causeway between Brancaster Golf Club and the main coast road. It was determined the ALB would be of no use given the casualty's location and it was stood down at 21:11. As the ILB approached Brancaster harbour entrance at 21:23 the local Coastguard unit relayed that the vehicle's occupants had been located safe and well after wading to a safe area. As there was nothing the ILB could do to assist, Humber Coastguard stood the boat down at 21:25. The ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 22:20.

Weather Fine Visibility Good Wind E 2-3 Sea Slight

Latest News

Blakeney Old Wild Rovers raise £4000 for Shannon

Tue 5 Apr 2016

Blakeney Old Wild Rovers present cheque to Wells RNLI

Blakeney Old Wild Rovers present cheque to Wells RNLI

The Blakeney Old Wild Rovers presented Wells RNLI with a cheque for £4000 at a lively social evening at Wells Sailing Club this weekend. The shanty group has raised the money over the course of the last year at its gigs and through CD sales. The funds will go towards the cost of a new boathouse and launch and recovery equipment for the station's forthcoming new Shannon class lifeboat.

The cheque was presented by Brin Siller of the Old Wild Rovers to Deputy Second Coxswains Mark Frary and Martin Emerson, Mark's partner Charlotte Jordan and Martin's wife Amy Emerson. 

The Old Wild Rovers raise money for a nominated charity every year and over 16 years have now raised in exceess of £190,000 for charities including the EDP Flood and We Care appeals, the King's Lynn Hospice and the air ambulance. This donation joins over £250,000 raised in 2014 and 2015 in a local appeal towards the cost of the new lifeboat and additional donations and fundraising towards the overall cost of the project.

An additional £190 was raised on the night from Jill and Peter Scillitoe who provided the catering and donated the evening's takings. 

We'd like to thank the Old Wild Rovers and everyone for their continued support.

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12 June 2016

Find a spot on Wells quayside on Sunday 12 June to see Newfoundland rescue dogs in action. Our inshore lifeboat will also be attending if available. The display is free and always good fun and we're grateful to the dogs and their owners for coming down putting it on each year. There will be a collection for Wells RNLI and any contribution would be appreciated. Start time will be around 12:30am.

Wells Shannon
Lifeboat Appeal
target reached!

After 17 months fund-raising, we reached our target to raise £250,000 towards a new Shannon-class lifeboat for Wells and the North Norfolk coast.

We are hugely grateful to everyone who has donated, fund-raised, helped and supported us both locally and from right across the UK and even further afield. Your contribution is appreciated and will help to save lives and keep our volunteeer crews safe in the years to come.

Read more about the appeal

And here's just some of the people and events that helped to make it happen... thank you page

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