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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A charter fishing vessel Katie Louise diverted to stand by the yacht while the lifeboat proceeded to a low water launch at Holkham Bay and to rendevous with the casualty at 13:15, approximately 1nm north east of the harbour. A crew member was transferred to the Gin Fizz and a tow established towards Wells. There was insufficient water to attempt to take the yacht into the harbour entrance channel so the tow was continued into more sheltered water in Holkham Bay. Here, it was decided that, given the forecast, rather than leave the yacht to make its own way in on the evening tide it would be better for the lifeboat to wait with it. The lifeboat therefore anchored until 18:30 before bringing the yacht into Wells on the first of the tide.
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The lifeboat launched from Holkham Bay at 18:50 and arrived alongside the yacht at 19:25, which was by now making good progress under sail towards Wells. The lifeboat escorted the yacht to the fairway where, at 20:50, a crew member was placed aboard and a tow attached to take the vessel into harbour early on the flood tide. The Amigo was safely moored up in the outer harbour by 21:20.
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56 golfers in 14 teams made a success of our RNLI Golf Day at Weston Park Golf Club on the outskirts of Lenwade on 28th August. The teams competed for a crystal glass trophy and a selection of other prizes. The match was won by Bernie Vaughan, Liz Vaughan, Lindsay Woods and Kevin Pratt, with a net score of 59.8. The team from Barclays, namely Tom Hall, Paul Knights, Ian Munford and Scott Symonds came second with 61.5 and third were David Graveling, Nigel Stewart, Brian Stops and Andy Bullen from Sheringham Golf Club with 61.9 net.
A prize raffle and charity auction raised £1000 and Barclays Bank has offered to match this with an additional donation. Overall, the event has raised a record £3800 with some donations still to come in.
Organisers John Mitchell, Wells Lifeboat Press Officer, and Sue Edwards were delighted with the support for the event both from players and from businesses and individuals offering sponsorship and prizes. The competiton originally started in 2003 and the crystal glass trophy was donated in 2005 by the late Lady Gwenneth Mackintosh, President of the Norwich Ladies Lifeboat Guild.
Lehr Perowne from "The Waterfront" B&B in Wells won our prize draw for an original painting by local artist Linda Pattrick, after her winning ticket was chosen on 31 August. Lehr who is "delighted with the picture" is already a regular supporter of our Shannon appeal with a collecting box at her B&B All 500 tickets for the picture raffle were sold, raising £500 towards our new lifeboat. Many thanks to all who entered and to Linda Pattrick for donating the picture and got helping us to sell the tickets and promote the appeal at her exhibition.
The popular North Norfolk Triathlon takes place in Wells-next-the-Sea on 14 September, featuring an Olympic distance swim in the quay, a bicycle race around the villages and a 10km run. The three consecutive events start and finish on the quay so this is a good place to come and watch and cheer the atheletes on.
Local residents Janey Sugden and Mike Somerset have entered in support of our Shannon Appeal and are therefore deserving of an extra cheer or even a donation at the link below!
The weekend of 12-14th September also happens to be the Pirate Festival in Wells making it an excellent time to visit the town.Sponsor Janey and Mike
Wells resident Alan Jackson and his valiant team of swimmers braving the English Channel on Saturday were beaten in the end by adverse conditions, just four miles short of the French coast.
The 5-man over 70s relay team, which would have been the oldest to make the crossing, were due to start on 18th August but posponed for several days because of the weather. Saturday looked a better day but by the time the team reached the French side of the channel, the wind was touching a Force 7 Near Gale, with waves 8-10ft high. With the team having already been in the water for 11 hours, it was calculated that another 4-5 hours swimming in the dark would be necessary to make landfall and with the tide now against them, the swimmers risked being carried along the coast away from their destination. Conditions for the support boat were also becoming difficult, with waves breaking across the deck and many of those on-board getting seasick.
Back home in Wells, Alan Jackson said "Actually swimming in those conditions wasn't too bad but the boat and those on board suffered the most. Although it was disappointing, it was the right thing to do to turn back."
Alan has so far raised over £700 for the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal in sponsorship for his part in the swim and we'd like to thank him and the whole team for their brave and remarkable effort in taking on such a challenge.Support Alan's swim at JustGiving
Local knitter Sara Phillips has donated a traditional fisherman's gansey for 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 based on the ganseys worn by the Wells lifeboat crew in the 1920s. For your chance to win this unique, warm and durable sweater, click here.
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