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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

18 July 2014

At 12:03 Humber Coastguard requested lifeboat assistance to search for a windsurfer reported overdue and thought to be in the vicinity of Wells Harbour bar. The crew were paged at 12:05 with the ILB launching at 12:13. A windsurfer was quickly located on Bob Hall sands to the north of the beach and lifeboat station and it was confirmed that this was the casualty. The person did not require assistance and the ILB stood by while he made his own way to shore.

Weather Cloudy Visibility Moderate Wind ENE 3-4 Sea Slight to Moderate

13 July 2014

While on a routine training exercise, the ALB was tasked at 08:00 to assist the 24 foot yacht Osirus with two persons on-board that had suffered engine failure in the vicinity of Blakeney harbour Fairway Buoy. Sheringham lifeboat had also been launched to the casualty. As the ALB approached the area, Sheringham lifeboat reported it was alongside preparing a tow, and would take the disabled yacht into Blakeney Pit to place on a mooring. With the ALB escorting, both lifeboats arrived in Blakeney Pit at 08:55 where the casualty was safely moored to undertake repairs. Returning to station at 09:40 the ALB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 11:05.

Weather Fair Visibility Good Wind SW 2 Sea Calm

Sheringham Lifeboat towing disbaled yacht into Blakeney, 13 July 2014

Sheringham Lifeboat towing Osirus into Blakeney, 13 JulyFW

12 July 2014

The ILB was launched after a concerned member of the public walking on the beach in Holkham Bay informed Humber Coastguard of a yacht possibly aground on a sand bar. The ILB arrived to find yacht La Passion at anchor and in good water but with no sign of any crew on-board. Coming alongside, a crew-member was transferred to investigate and was met by one of the surprised occupants, unaware that they had been reported as being in danger. As a precaution, the ILB was asked to do a sweep of the shoreline to discount any other vessel within the area, before returining to station.

Weather Fair Visibility Good Wind SW 2 Sea Calm

9 July 2014

An ILB launch request was received from Humber Coastguard to go to the assistance of a windsurfer thought to be in trouble. It was reported that the casualty had got into difficulties on the West side just inside the bar and there was a heavy surf running in a Force 7 NW wind. The ILB launched at 18.25. Two windsurfers were located; they confirmed that they were the only ones there and that they did not require assistance. The ILB returned to station at 18:40 and was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 18:52.

Weather Squally Visibility 3 miles Wind NW 7 Sea Moderate within harbour, rough outside

4 July 2014

Humber Coastguard paged the ILB following a 999 call reporting an inflatable kayak in difficulty and being carried out to sea by a strong offshore wind 1/2 to 1 mile off Burnham Overy Staithe. The kayak had been seen to capsize twice and was thought to have two persons on-board. The ILB arrived on scene to find an empty kayak and no persons visible nearby. Given the conditions and that two people may be in the water, a request was made for the all-weather lifeboat to assist in a search. Wells Lifeboat was then launched from outside the boathouse but as it neared the harbour entrance, Humber Coastguard stood down both boats having learned that the kayak's owners were safe ashore. The ILB crew deflated the kayak and returned to station with it on-board at 14:30 when both boats were recovered.

Weather Fair Visibility Good Wind SW 4 Sea Slight

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ILB with recovered kayak, 4 July 2014

Latest News

Weston Park Charity Golf Day

Wed 16 Jul 2014

Weston Park Golf DayA charity golf day will be held at Weston Park Golf Club, at Weston Longville near Norwich, on Thursday 28 August in aid of our Shannon appeal. The event will start with coffee at 10.30 to be followed by 18 holes Texas Scramble with a shotgun start at 12:00 and a 2 course meal and coffee. The price is £34 per person with teams of up to 4... entry forms can be downloaded below and must be returned by 20 August.

The organisers would also like to hear from anyone who would like to sponsor a hole or donate a raffle prize for what is sure to be a popular and fun event. Please contact our lifeboat press officer John Mitchell  on 07831 103166.

  Entry form

English hearts recalled

Wed 9 Jul 2014


Thomas Kew by the Eliza Adams memorial

The station was delighted to receive a donation for the Shannon Appeal from Victor and Sarah Pierce of the Isle of Arran. Mr Pierce's great grandfather was Captain Thomas Kew, a Wells lifeboatman and one of the two survivors of the Eliza Adams disaster in 1880 when the Wells lifeboat capsized on service with the loss of 11 lives.

Mr Pierce's mother lived for a time with Thomas and his wife Louisa in Staithe Street when she was a girl. She passed away recently aged 98 and the donation has been made from her bequest. Her ashes are to be interred in Wells churchyard later this month.

Thomas Kew was responsible for fund-raising for the memorial for the lifeboatmen lost in the disaster and it is wonderful that, over a century later, his grand-daughter and great grand-children have been able to contribute towards the town's new lifeboat.

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Don't miss...

Annual Open Day
Sunday 27 July 2014

Join us at the boathouse for our annual Lifeboat Station Open Day and BBQ, providing an opportunity to meet the crew and see the boats, along with other stalls, entertainments and a barbecue. Demonstration ILB launches during the day, subject to any operational requirements. 10km sponsored rowing challenge.

Open Evenings
Summer holidays

Come to one of our popular open evenings on Wednesday nights throughout the school summer holidays. We're open from 6.30pm to around 9.30pm and the evening usually includes a talk and a chance to step on-board the all-weather lifeboat to look at her equipment. Children also get the chance to climb into the inshore lifeboat and dress up in crew kit.

Gansey Raffle

Traditional hand-knitted Wells Gansey by Sara Phillips

Sara Phillips, wife of one our crew members, has donated a traditional fisherman's gansey, which she has hand-knitted, as 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 from a 1970s pattern based on the ganseys worn by the Wells lifeboat crew in the 1930s. These ganseys are remarkably warm and durable even when wet. If you are around a 40" chest or know someone who is, you can enter at the Tourist Information Centre on Staithe Street in Wells.

p.s. If you're interested in ganseys, don't miss the exhibition A Shoal of Ganseys at the excellent museum in Sheringham this summer, which runs until 10 September 2014.

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