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.
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The ALB was on scene at 05.06 and the other vessels were stood down. The ALB escorted the casualty out to sea to continue her passage before turning for home at 05.30. The ALB was recovered at 05.50 and was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service by 07:00.
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At 00.30 both vessels were at anchor. At 03.00 a tow was set up and the vessels proceeded on the flood tide to the outer harbour where the casualty was safely made fast. The ALB was in the process of recovering at 04.40 when Humber Coastguard requested a launch to assist SV Sheer Mist aground in the harbour channel.
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Fifty-two players took part in a mixed golf competition on 27 August and raised over £4000 for the new lifeboat at Wells, including £1000 from a charity auction and raffle which Barclays Bank have again offered to match with an additional donation of £1000.
The winners were Sue Hutchings, Rosemary Boyer, Keith Boyer from Weston Park and Martin Dunnell from Royal Cromer with a net score of 58.4. Second were Bernie Vaughan, Liz Vaughan, Lindsay Woods and Kevin Pratt, with a net score of 58.8. The team from Barclays, namely Tom Hall, Paul Knights, Will Sommerville and Raymond Johnson were third with 60.9 net.
The organisers. Sue Edwards and Wells Lifeboat Press Officer John Mitchell, would like to thank all who took part and the local businesses who provided sponsorship and donations.
The event was originally started in 2003 by Sue Edwards and has previously been hosted at Cosstessey, Bawburgh and Dunston Hall Golf Clubs as well as its current venue at Weston Park outside Norwich. In the last four years, over £14,000 has been raised for the RNLI. The present organisers intend to stand down this year and there may also be a need to relocate to a new course next year. If anyone would like to take up the reins and help organise and run the event next year, please get in touch with John Mitchell (via our contact page) or with Sue Edwards; it would be great to keep this popular and successful fund-raising event going in future...
Picture shows winning team of Martin Dunnell (Royal Cromer GC), Keith Boyer, Sue Hutchings and Rosemary Boyer (from Weston Park GC) with organiser Sue Edwards and Wells Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Hardy.
Wells' Mersey-class lifeboat 12-003 Doris M Mann of Ampthill has returned to the station following a minor refit over the summer at the new All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole. The boat travelled by road from Poole to Lowestoft where it was lifted in at the Haven Marina.
Coxswain Allen Frary and crew made an early start on 15 September from Wells with the relief lifeboat 12-005 to swap the boats over at Lowestoft, returning with 12-003 for the evening tide.
This should be 12-003's last scheduled refit before she is replaced by a new Shannon class lifeboat, having served the station now since 1990.
Both Wells and Cromer lifeboats joined in with 'Exercise Sheringham Response' on 10 September, a simulated emergency at the Sheringham Shoal windfarm to test procedures for a major incident at the windfarm. With a simulated stretcher casualty needing to be safely evacuated from one of the turbines, the exercise provided valuable experience and practice for staff and crews at the windfarm, RNLI and coastguard.
Pictures by Wells crew member Fred Whitaker
Our next scheduled exercise launches are shown below. You are welcome to come and watch the lifeboats launch on the beach at the front of the lifeboat house... but please ensure you keep well to one side and that children are supervised. Exercises may be cancelled or rescheduled at short notice due to operational reasons.
Friday 9th October 17:00
Monday 26th October 17:00
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