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Wells Lifeboat

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

8 July 2016
11:51

Humber Coastguard received a 999 call from a concerned parent of one of three teenage girls who were overdue and had failed to meet at a given time and point in Burnhan Overy harbour. The ILB was paged at 11:51 but as the crew were assembling, Humber Coastguard informed the station the girls had been found safe and well. The ILB and crew were stood down at 12:01.
22 June 2016
04:22

Late on Sunday 19th, the 27' yacht Corumba with 2 persons onboard experienced engine failure whilst on passage off Blakeney Overfalls and contacted Humber Coastguard requesting a tow to Wells harbour. As it was approaching low water with no prospect of bringing the yacht into Wells until the morning tide, and having ascertained that the casualty was in no immediate danger, it was decided to launch on the first of the flood tide on Monday 20th.

The crew were paged at 04:22 and the all-weather launched at 04:47 and proceeded outward to rendezvous with the Corumba which had tried to sail toward Wells during the night but had not really made much headway toward the shore. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 05:32 and placed a crewmember onboard who attached the lifeboat's tow line. The tow commenced at 05:45 and the yacht was safely secured on the Wells Harbour town pontoons at 07:25.The lifeboat then returned to station and was ashore and in the process of being recovered at 07:40.

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Latest News

Station welcomes new inshore lifeboat D-797 'Peter Wilcox'

Tue 12 Jul 2016

A brand new inshore lifeboat D-797 Peter Wilcox was delivered by the RNLI and placed on service at Wells today. The IB1 D-Class lifeboat was generously donated in memory of Peter by Jayne Wilcox and his family and friends.

Jayne came to Wells to welcome the new boat and joined in helping crew members change the boats over and prepare the new boat for use. Once set up, D-797 was launched and given a brief test run around the harbour to ensure all was well before being washed down, rehoused and officially placed on service as the station's new inshore lifeboat.

Peter Wilcox is the 12th D-class inshore boat to be stationed at Wells since this type of boat was first introduced in the early 1960s and replaces the previous D-661 Jane Ann III which left the station to return to the RNLI, where she will likely serve in the relief or training fleet. D-661 was on station for almost 10 years, launching on service 223 times and was the third boat in sequence to carry the Jane Ann name, covering a period of 28 years.

A formal naming ceremony and welcome for the new lifeboat will take place later in the year.

pics: FW and MP

D-661 Jane Ann III leaves the station after 10 years service

D-661 Jane Ann III leaves the station after 10 years service

Unloading the new inshore lifeboat on the beach road

Unloading the new inshore lifeboat on the beach road

Our new inshore lifeboat D-797 named in memory of Peter Wilcox

Our new inshore lifeboat D-797 named in memory of Peter Wilcox

Benefactor Jayne Wilcox does the honours with the new lifeboat

Benefactor Jayne Wilcox does the honours with the new lifeboat

After setting up, the new boat is launched for a brief test run

After setting up, the new boat is launched for a brief test run

D-797 on the water at Wells for the first time

D-797 on the water at Wells for the first time

Helmsmen Mark Emerson, Mark Frary and Ross Fulford with Jayne Wilcox and our new lifeboat 'Peter Wilcox'

Helmsmen Mark Emerson, Mark Frary and Ross Fulford with Jayne Wilcox and our new lifeboat 'Peter Wilcox'

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Open Day
Sunday 17th July

Our annual open day at the lifeboat station is this Sunday 17th July so do pop down to the boathouse if you're in or around Wells. You'd be welcome to see the boats, including our brand new inshore lifeboat 'Peter Wilcox', and chat with the crew as well as stalls and souvenirs. If available, we also hope to have the new inshore lifeboat doing demonstrations on the water. Entrance is free from 12noon to around 5pm.

A high-5 for Stormy Stan visiting Wells

See us at Carnival

Look out for our RNLI Wells Guild and crew float in the Wells Carnival Parade around the town from 3pm on Saturday 6th August... the RNLI's Stormy Stan will also be joining in with the fun. Guild members will also be around the town at other events during Wells' fantastic Carnival week, including running our tombola at the fete on Sunday 31st July on the football field and selling souvenirs on the Buttlands on Tuesday 2nd August.

If you'd like to have a closer look at the lifeboats and meet the crew, come along to our open evening at the lifeboat station at 6.30pm on Wednesday 3rd August (we're open every Wednesday night through August). Finally, our annual lifeboat service, with both boats running up to the Quayside, is on Sunday 31st July this year (at the start rather than end of Carnival week) and all would be welcome to come and join in.

Wells Shannon
Lifeboat Appeal
target reached!

After 17 months fund-raising, we reached our target to raise £250,000 towards a new Shannon-class lifeboat for Wells and the North Norfolk coast.

We are hugely grateful to everyone who has donated, fund-raised, helped and supported us both locally and from right across the UK and even further afield. Your contribution is appreciated and will help to save lives and keep our volunteeer crews safe in the years to come.

Read more about the appeal

And here's just some of the people and events that helped to make it happen... thank you page

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