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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.

Latest News

The Earl of Leicester

Sat 25 Apr 2015

Lord Leicester, Patron and President of RNLI Wells Lifeboat Station, died at Midnight on Friday 24th April. During his 37 years of office he always placed a high priority on the needs of the Station and showed a great respect for the crew and volunteers. He has been actively involved in helping to bring the new Shannon Lifeboat to Wells and we have been honoured to count him amongst our number. We are saddened by his passing and our thoughts are with his family.

 - The Crew and volunteers at RNLI Wells Lifeboat Station

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Recent Services

25 April 2015

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the ILB to assist in the recovery of a dog thought to be in trouble in Wells Channel. The ILB launched at 10.44 and located the dog at 10.48. The dog was tired and having difficulty swimming against the tide, the crew assisted the dog into the ILB and returned it to its owners on the beach. The ILB returned to the Boathouse at 10.55 and was refuelled and ready for service at 11.00

Weather Part cloudy Visibility Good Wind SW3 Sea Slight

19 April 2015

A launch request was received from Humber Coastguard at 19:12 to assist the 16 foot motor vessel Teal with one person on-board. The owner had contacted the coastguard using a mobile phone reporting the vessel had suffered machinery failure and was adrift in Blakeney harbour. The crew were paged at 19:19. Launching at 19:29 the ILB departed the boathouse and proceeded to Blakeney harbour in a moderate north-easterly residual swell. Arriving on scene at 19.59 a tow was soon established and passage made to Morston quay where the casualty was safely moored alongside at 20:26 and handed into the care of the Cley coastguard team. Due to the conditions experienced earlier when entering Blakeney harbour the ILB helm decided that in failing light it would be prudent to return to station via the creek system for a safer although slower passage. Arriving at the boathouse at 21:06 the ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 21:23.

Weather Part cloudy Visibility Good Wind NE2 Sea Moderate

13 April 2015

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather lifeboat to the 27' yacht Cannonade with 2 persons aboard which was unsure of its position in the vicinity of the Wells leading buoy. The crew mustered at the station where the yacht was identified visually in Holkham bay. It was decided to launch the inshore lifeboat but in the meantime the ALB was pushed out of the boathouse to get a DF bearing on the casualty. The ILB launched from the low water launch site at 19:17 and was alongside at 19:19. The ILB towed the yacht, which was very low on fuel, closer to the harbour entrance and ensured it was safely anchored before returning to the boathouse to wait for the incoming tide. Hunstanton lifeboat, which had also been launched to locate and assist the yacht, also attended briefly.

At 01:15, the ILB crew returned to the boathouse, launching at 01:23 to lead the casualty into the outer harbour close to high water. Two crew members were put on-board to assist with navigation into the harbour. The vessels arrived at 02:20 and the yacht was safely moored alongside. The ILB was ready for service again by 02:50.

Weather Fine Visibility Good Wind SW2 Sea Slight

11 April 2015

Wells ILB was paged at dead low water following a well-meaning report of two persons cut off in the quay. With no tide in the harbour and only inches of water remaining in the channel to the east of the quay, the launch was cancelled and two crew members wearing boots returned to the town to assist the persons to walk off, where they were met by local coastguard.
11 April 2015

Having just been rehoused after a routine exercise, the ILB was launched to an 18' open boat Sea Heron with engine failure and 7 persons aboard with no lifejackets or VHF radio at Blakeney. The ILB left the boathouse at 11:44 making passage to Blakeney by which time it became clear that the vessel was probably inside the harbour rather than out at sea. As the ILB rounded the point, local coastguard officers identified the vessel to the south of the Watch House. The ILB arrived alongside at 12:12 to find the laden boat anchored in a lively chop. Leaving a crew member on-board, the ILB first landed 2 women and 3 young children at Morston and then returned to tow the boat, with the remaining two persons aboard, to its mooring at the top of Morston creek, where it was met by the local coastguard. The ILB returned to Wells and was re-housed, refuelled and ready for service again by 14:30.

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Shannon appeal

The 2015 Norfolk Superhero Challenge quadrathlon event is raising money to help fund a new Shannon-class lifeboat for Wells. Keep an eye out for atheletes training in the local area over the coming weeks, support their efforts and come and cheer them on on 6th June. Superhero website

Skydive for the Shannon

68 year old Wells resident Jill Scillitoe and her son Kieron are sky diving to help raise money for our new lifeboat. You can read about and support their brave effort at JustGiving

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity, registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). This website is managed and maintained by local volunteers at Wells-next-the-Sea Lifeboat Station and is not the main RNLI site. All text and images copyright (C)2005-2014 RNLI Wells Lifeboat Station, or as indicated, and may not be downloaded, copied or reproduced elsewhere without prior permission of the station or the relevant copyright holder. Site Manager