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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

Isabelle Kathleen, 9 November 2014

Isabelle Kathleen under tow back to Wells, 9 NovemberNH

9 November 2014

The ALB was paged for a low water launch to assist the 11m MFV Isabelle Kathleen which had left Wells on the morning tide on passage from Welsl to Oban but had suffered fuel problems and engine failure and was now disabled some 25nm north of Wells. The lifeboat launched from Holkham beach at 13:40 to rendezvous with the fishing boat. Arriving at 15:25, it was found the casualty vessel had no bullring or cleats and therefore a bridle had to be set-up from the two stern posts before a tow back to Wells could be commenced at 15:50. Arriving outside the harbour at 18:20 near high water on the evening tide, the vessel was taken up to the quay and safely secured alongside. The lifeboat was recovered and refuelled by 21:00.

Weather Fine Visibility Good Wind W2 Sea Slight

8 November 2014

Wells ILB was launched at the request of Humber Coastguard to an 18ft open powerboat Boy Patrick with two people on-board in Wells Harbour which had fouled its propellor while departing its mooring. The ILB launched in darkness at 17:00 with the wind gusting F6-7 from the south west and a strong flood tide. The ILB arrived alongside at 17:05 and worked to free the vessel. The crew then escorted Boy Patrick under her own power to the town slipway where the crew assisted the owners to recover the boat onto its trailer as they had originally intended. The ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service by 17:54.

Weather Squally Visibility Good Wind SW6-7 Sea Slight

3 September 2014

Humber Coastguard contacted the station at 08:28 initially for the launch of the ALB to assist a 28ft yacht Ra with one person on-board following a faint VHF radio call from the vessel. The skipper had anchored overnight following engine failure and winds too light to sail. He estimated his position was somewhere between Burham Overy and Wells harbours but was unsure whether the anchor was holding.

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.

Weather Cloudy Visibility Moderate Wind N2 Sea Slight

1 September 2014

The ILB was launched following a 999 call from 3 kayakers unsure of their position, with darkness approaching, in the vicinity of Blakeney. The ILB launched at 19:58 very early on the flood and proceeded towards Blakeney while Humber coastguard in conjunction with local coastguard officers attempted to pinpoint the kayaks. This was determined to be on sand at the southern edge of Blakeney harbour, close to Blakeney pit. With the kaykers flashing a light from a mobile phone, the ILB met up with them at 20:30 and escorted them on the first of the water into Morston creek where the local coastguard assisted them with recovery of their vessels and vehicle. The ILB returned to station at 21:35pm and was re-fuelled and ready for service again by 22:00.

Weather Fine Visibility Good Wind Light airs Sea Slight

Latest News

Boathouse packed on a windy night for carol service

Mon 15 Dec 2014

Rev. Woodruff addresses a packed boat hall at the carol service

Rev. Woodruff addresses a packed boat hall at the carol service

Around 200 people made it down to the boathouse on a cold, crisp and windy evening for the station's annual carol service. Visitors were welcomed by both lifeboats illuminated on the sand outside the shed. The service was led Wells Lifeboat Station's Chaplain, Rev Neil Woodruff and featured a traditional mix of Christmas readings given by the station's President, the Earl of Leicester, and crew members, with the singing ably supported by Fakenham Town Band and the Wells Churches Together choir.

Mince pies, sausage rolls, cake, sweets and hot drinks were enjoyed after the service and a collection raised £450.84 for the RNLI.

Alderman Peel pupils raise £1745 for the appeal

Fri 28 Nov 2014

Cheque presentation at Alderman Peel High School

Cheque presentation at Alderman Peel High School

We are grateful to pupils at Alderman Peel High School in Wells who raised £1745 for the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal with a sponsored walk from the school to Holkham beach and back. Many of today's lifeboat crew were, of course, educated at Alderman Peel and doubtless some of tomorrow's crew members who will take the Shannon out in future will also attend the school. Pictured presenting the cheque to Coxswain Allen Frary are Deputy Headmaster Barney Rimmer, Harriot Pigney (Head Girl) and Thomas Walduck (Head Boy).

Appealing ale goes on sale

Tue 18 Nov 2014

The 'Shout' ale... fund-raising for the new Shannon Lifeboat

The 'Shout' ale... fund-raising for the new Shannon Lifeboat

Hand-picked after diligent research by volunteers from Wells Lifeboat crew, the Shannon appeal's own ale is now on-sale at the Real Ale Shop at Branthill Farm just outside Wells. Called The 'Shout', this strong and flavoursome beer is brewed by the Wagtail brewery in Old Buckenham and was the crew's choice in a competition of locally brewed beers organised by the shop. A bottle costs £3.30 with £1 being donated to the appeal for every bottle sold.

(And if that's not quite to your taste, don't forget that our own limited edition cider is in preparation too... bottles can be pre-ordered, with a gift card, at the Whin Hill Cider works in Wells.)

  The Real Ale Shop

Hempton dog show raises £800

8 Nov 2014

Cheque presentation after dog show

Cheque presentation after dog showHannah Brodie (hannah1brodie@gmail.com)

Members of Wells RNLI Guild attended a presentation evening on 8th November to recieve a cheque for £800 towards the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal raised by the Hempton Dog Training Club at a fun dog show held in August. The event also made an £800 donation to Shaman's Legacy Dog Rescue which finds foster homes for rescued dogs. Our thanks to the club (and the dogs) for supporting us.

More news...

RNLI Christmas Cards
now on sale

RNLI Christmas Card

RNLI Christmas cards and calendars are now on sale at Standard House Chandlery by Wells quay as well as at our usual guild events. A selection of RNLI gifts and souvenirs is also available at the Edinburgh pub at the top of Staithe Street.

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