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 ILB proceeded towards Brancaster inshore along Scolt Head and, clearing the western end of the island, was informed by the Wells Coastguard team that it was thought the animal was between Brancaster wreck and the harbour entrance. Following instruction from the shore and a brief search in fading light, the body of the horse was found west of Brancaster Golf club approximately 150 yards offshore at 21:31.
The crew managed to retrieve the tack before taking the animal into the harbour channel on the flooding tide in a freshening westerly wind. With insufficient tide to enter the harbour, after discussion with the coastguard team and boathouse, a decision was made to leave the horse tethered to a navigation buoy. Departing at 23:20, the ILB returned to station at 00:05 and was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 00:30. The animal was subsequently recovered by the Brancaster harbourmaster.
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The lifeboat crew recovered the liferaft on board, which on inspection turned out to be a 6 person model manufactured in 1972. Humber Coastguard had by this time identified the liferaft's owner and reported that there was no further concern. The liferaft had apparantly been released from the yacht Dolphin which had sailed from Wells in the early hours and had then been involved in a Mayday incident off the Lincolnshire coast, which had already been attended by local windfarm vessels, the Skegness and Humber lifeboats and a SAR helicopter.
By the time Wells lifeboat returned to the Wells fairway there was insufficient water to proceed into the harbour so the boat made its way to Holkham bay where it was recovered from the beach at 17:00. It was refuelled, rehoused and ready again for service at 18:30.
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A volunteer crew set off from Wells for Ramsgate on Monday 29 June to bring a relief lifeboat back to station on Tuesday, while our boat goes away for a small refit. The boat, Mersey class 12-005 Lady of Hilbre has just joined the relief fleet having served for many years as the Hoylake station boat until being recently replaced by a new Shannon class lifeboat.
12-005 was swapped over with our station boat last Thursday, with the boat being washed down and recovered into the boathouse while our boat was left moored in the outer harbour. Crew members then took our boat to Lowestoft early on Friday 3rd, where is was lifted at Lowestoft Haven Marina for onward transport by road to the new All-weather Lifeboat Centre at Poole.
It is expected that 12-003's mini refit will take around 6 weeks so the relief boat will be on station over the summer period.
Please join us at Wells quayside at 7pm on Sunday 2 August. Both lifeboats launch and run up to the quayside for a short service with hymns and readings. The lifeboats are joined by a flotilla of local small boats which anchor in the channel to take part, with crew, shore helpers, guild members and their families and many local residents and visitors to the town attending. Music provided by the redoubtable Fakenham Town Band.
As usual, we're holding open evenings at the boathouse on Wednesday nights throughout the school summer holidays from 6.30pm to around 9pm. There'a chance to learn a bit about the station's history and how we operate and to meet the crew and to step aboard the all-weather lifeboard. Children usually also get a chance to try on some of our kit and to get a close up look at our inshore lifeboat.
We're holding our popular Charity Golf Day at Weston Park again this year on 27 August, with funds being raised towards the new Shannon class Lifeboat for Wells. Team entries are invited and we'd also like to hear from anyone who wants to sponsor a hole or donate a raffle prize... for more information or to download a poster or entry form, see our event listing.
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