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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.

Recent Services

The lifeboat arrives alongside yacht Amigo, 16 August 2014

The lifeboat arrives alongside the yacht Amigo, 16 AugustMP

Amigo under sail heading towards Wells, 16 August

Amigo under sail heading towards Wells, 16 AugustMP

Wells Lifeboat escorting the yacht Amigo, 16 August

Wells lifeboat escorting Amigo towards Wells, 16 AugustMP

Amigo under tow into Wells harbour, 16 August

Amigo now under tow entering Wells harbour, 16 AugustMP

16 August 2014

The 28' yacht Amigo with 2 persons on-board on passage to Grimsby contacted Humber coastguard at 18:00, reporting that it was not making much headway under sail following engine failure and that it was diverting to Wells. The all-weather lifeboat was paged 18:20 as it was uncertain that the yacht would be able to make a safe passage and entry to Wells.

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.

Weather Fine Visibility Good Wind SW4 Sea Slight-Moderate

11 August 2014

As the ILB was departing from Brancaster Hard at the end of the previous service, concern was raised about a small sailing dinghy with three persons on-board in difficulties on a lee shore. On investigation the dinghy had suffered sail damage in the strong gusting winds. The ILB then made a return trip to Brancaster Hard towing the vessel where it was subsequently recovered. Departing at 09:36, the ILB returned to station at 10:15 and was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 10:45.

Weather Cloudy Visibility Good Wind SW 5/6 Sea Slight

11 August 2014

Humber coastguard initially requested an ILB launch to assist a 6m speedboat suffering engine failure with six persons on-board, thought to be in the vicinity of Brancaster harbour. With scant information as to the location of the casualty and strong SW winds, it was agreed to launch the ALB and the crew were paged at 07:37. As the crew were mustering, the local Coastguard team managed to locate the casualty inside Brancaster harbour, at the west end of Scolt Head Island and it was decided that the ILB would be better able to assist. The lifeboat launched at 07:57, keeping inshore and entering Norton Creek via Burnham Overy harbour. The ILB arrived on scene at 08:20 to find the casualty aground on the marsh top with blocked jets after the occupants had attempted to drive the vessel into deeper water. A tow was soon established and the passage to Brancaster Hard began at 08:27. Arriving at 08:53 the casualty was handed over to the awaiting local Coastguard team.

Weather Cloudy Visibility Good Wind SW 5/6 Sea Slight

7 August 2014

The ILB crew were paged to a reported missing 3 year old child on Wells main beach last seen on the water’s edge. As the crew were mustering at the boathouse, the local lifeguards advised the child had been found safe and had been reunited with her parents. The launch was cancelled and the crew stood down at 11:52.

Towing Little Gull into the outer harbour, 27 July 2014

Towing Little Gull into the outer harbour, 27 JulyCH

27 July 2014

The all-weather lifeboat was paged at 08:45 to render assistance to the 28' yacht Little Gull with 2 persons on board, which was in difficulties at anchor with engine failure 2.5 miles east of Wells harbour entrance. The lifeboat launched outside the boathouse at 08:56 and proceeded outward, arriving on scene at 09:15. A crew member was transferred to the yacht and at 09:25 the lifeboat commenced the tow back to Wells. The lifeboat entered the harbour at 09:45 and the casualty was safely moored in Wells Outer Harbour at 10:30. The lifeboat was rehoused, refuelled and ready again for service at 11:30.

Weather Fine Visibility Good Wind N3 Sea Slight

18 July 2014

At 12:03 Humber Coastguard requested lifeboat assistance to search for a windsurfer reported overdue and thought to be in the vicinity of Wells Harbour bar. The crew were paged at 12:05 with the ILB launching at 12:13. A windsurfer was quickly located on Bob Hall sands to the north of the beach and lifeboat station and it was confirmed that this was the casualty. The person did not require assistance and the ILB stood by while he made his own way to shore.

Weather Cloudy Visibility Moderate Wind ENE 3-4 Sea Slight to Moderate

Latest News

Alan Jackson, 75, to swim the English channel

Tue 12 Aug 2014

Alan Jackson

Alan JacksonIan Burt / EDP

75 year old Wells resident and swimming coach Alan Jackson is to swim the channel in a team of 5 experienced swimmers all aged over 70. Alan who has broken several swimming world records in his career and still teaches swimming at Alderman Peel high school in Wells is part of what may be the oldest team ever to take on this challenge.

Alan will be raising money for the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal... please support his efforts by donating on-line at the link below or completing one of his sponsorship forms in town.

UPDATE The crossing is currently scheduled for Wednesday 20th August but this may be revised again depending on weather and tide.

  Sponsor Alan Jackson to swim the channel

An entertaining and successful Carnival week

Tue 12 Aug 2014

The weather remained gloriously hot and sunny for almost all of a very busy Wells Carnival week, which this year had selected our Shannon lifeboat appeal as its main charity. The guild, crew and many supporters were involved throughout the week, starting with the Coxswain crowning the Carnival Queen on Fete Day.

We'd like to say thank you to everyone who helped, took part or made a donation and to the carnival committee for its support.

The guild attended many events and also collected on the quay with a demonstration ILB. Some events also specifically raised money for the appeal, including the Carnival Fun Run (which enticed one crew member to attempt the race wearing yellows and a lifejacket, raising £111 in sponsorship), Guess the weight of the Coxswain on Fete Day (which raised £95) and an Auction at the Beach Party which raised £100

Over 220 people visited the boathouse on the open evening on Wednesday, with traditional Dutch Pancakes prepared by crew member and Albatros chef Harmen Brauwer, in aid of the appeal, proving a major new attraction for both public and crew.

On Carnival Day, the guild organised a station entry in the parade with the demonstration ILB accompanied by crew and guild members, families and supporters and even the larger than life figure of the RNLI's mascot Stormy Stan. The float earned a 'highly commended' from the judges.

The 54th Annual Lifeboat Service on the quay provided a good end to an excellent week and was well attended despite torrential rain earlier in the day and breezy conditions during the event. The service was led by lifeboat chaplain Reverend Neil Woodruff from on-board the lifeboat and a collection raised £1340 for the station.

The guild with the demonstration ILB fundraising on the quayside

The guild with the demonstration ILB fundraising on the quaysideJT

Stormy Stan joined in with the carnival parade

Stormy Stan joined in with the carnival parade

Getting ready for the parade

Getting ready for the parade


Crew members Fred Whitaker and Mark Frary collecting in the parade in vintage kitGH

The station's carnival float on Mill Road

The station's carnival float on Mill RoadGH

The carnival ILB and crew during the parade

The carnival ILB and crew during the paradeGH


Crew member Max Phillips having just completed the 2.6 mile carnival fun runSP

Crew wave to the crowd on the quayside after a breezy annual lifeboat service

Crew wave to the crowd on the quayside after a breezy annual lifeboat serviceJM

Talus driver Phil Eaglen pauses to judge the water depth while putting the boat away

Talus driver Phil Eaglen pauses to judge the water depth while putting the boat awayMP

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Don't miss...

Alan Jackson
Channel Swim
Around 20th August 2014

Wells resident and swimming coach Alan Jackson is swimming the English channel from Dover to Calais on or around the 20th August in aid of our Shannon lifeboat appeal. Alan will be 75 soon and is part of a 5-man over 70s relay team that will be the oldest to take on this gruelling challenge. You can support this amazing and brave effort on sponsor forms in the town or at on-line at justgiving. Good luck Alan from all at Wells lifeboat!

Open Evenings
Summer holidays

Come to one of our popular open evenings on Wednesday nights throughout the school summer holidays. We're open from 6.30pm to around 9.30pm and the evening usually includes a talk and a chance to step on-board the all-weather lifeboat to look at her equipment. Children also get the chance to climb into the inshore lifeboat and dress up in crew kit.

RNLI Golf Day
28th August

Sign your team up for our RNLI Charity Golf Day at Weston Park near Norwich which promises to be a fabulous day with refreshments beforehand, an 18 hole match and a 2 course meal to follow. Entry forms (available on our events page) must be in by 20th. The organisers would also be delighted to hear from anyone who'd like to sponsor a hole or provide a raffle prize for this prestigious and entertaining fixture on Norfolk's sporting calendar.

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