Wells Lifeboat  RNLI Lifeboats Wells Norfolk UK
Wells Lifeboat

You can now
find us
on Facebook

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 April 2016

A launch request for both the ILB and ALB was received at 20:43 from Humber Coastguard reporting that a vehicle had been seen to enter the water at Brancaster although the information received was vague as to the exact location. As the ILB launched, information was received via the police that the vehicle was stranded in water on the flooded causeway between Brancaster Golf Club and the main coast road. It was determined the ALB would be of no use given the casualty's location and it was stood down at 21:11. As the ILB approached Brancaster harbour entrance at 21:23 the local Coastguard unit relayed that the vehicle's occupants had been located safe and well after wading to a safe area. As there was nothing the ILB could do to assist, Humber Coastguard stood the boat down at 21:25. The ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 22:20.

Weather Fine Visibility Good Wind E 2-3 Sea Slight

27 March 2016

An ILB launch request was received after a concerned member of the public reported two persons thought to be cut off by the incoming tide at the west end of Scolt Head Island. The crew were paged at 18:18. The ILB launched at 18:30 and proceeded towards Brancaster harbour where the local Coastguard mobile unit, who had the persons visible, were able to give directions to their location. Two crewmembers were put ashore at 18:47 and found that in fact there were five persons in total who were staying the night on the island while carrying out survey work for Natural England. They informed the crew that they had a boat moored on the south side of the island for their eventual return. Once Humber Coastguard was satisfied that the group were the ones reported, the ILB was released and was rehoused, refuelled and ready for service by 19:53.

Weather Squally Visibility Good Wind SW 5 Sea Slight/Moderate

13 February 2016

Both Wells lifeboats were out on a regular training exercise when Humber Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting someone waving for help from a capsized sailing dinghy just outside Burnham Overy Staithe harbour. The Laser sailing dinghy had suffered a rig failure in challenging conditions. Both lifeboats were immediately diverted, the ALB, which was closer, arriving at 10.34 and the ILB shortly after. The sailor had managed to right his craft and remained on-board while the ALB took it in tow over the bar and into sheltered waters inside Burnham Overy harbour. At 10.45, the ILB took over the tow, taking the vessel up to the hard, where the crew and local coastguard team assisted the sailor to recover his boat onto its trailer. Both lifeboats returned to station and were rehoused, refuelled and ready for service by 12:30.

Weather Cloudy Visibility Good Wind E 4-5 Sea Moderate

14 January 2016

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the ALB to assist the Kings Lynn based MFV Lucky Luke which had suffered steering failure in winds of force 9 from the northwest in the Wash. Skegness lifeboat had also been tasked but had encountered problems on launching and was subsequently restricted to using only one engine. The crew were paged at 21:39. Launching at 21:53 from the boathouse, the ALB negotiated heavy swell on Wells bar before heading west towards the casualty in a position south of the Roaring Middle Buoy. At 22:40 the Lucky Luke reported to Humber Coastguard that the steering problem had been resolved and the vessel was proceeding to Kings Lynn main channel. Both lifeboats were stood down at 22:42 but with the Skegness lifeboat still running on one engine it was agreed the ALB would standby briefly. The ALB departed for Wells at 22:50 and was recovered, re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service by 00:30.

Weather Sleet showers Visibility Good Wind NW 8/9 Sea Rough

Latest News

Blakeney Old Wild Rovers raise £4000 for Shannon

Tue 5 Apr 2016

Blakeney Old Wild Rovers present cheque to Wells RNLI

Blakeney Old Wild Rovers present cheque to Wells RNLI

The Blakeney Old Wild Rovers presented Wells RNLI with a cheque for £4000 at a lively social evening at Wells Sailing Club this weekend. The shanty group has raised the money over the course of the last year at its gigs and through CD sales. The funds will go towards the cost of a new boathouse and launch and recovery equipment for the station's forthcoming new Shannon class lifeboat.

The cheque was presented by Brin Siller of the Old Wild Rovers to Deputy Second Coxswains Mark Frary and Martin Emerson, Mark's partner Charlotte Jordan and Martin's wife Amy Emerson. 

The Old Wild Rovers raise money for a nominated charity every year and over 16 years have now raised in exceess of £190,000 for charities including the EDP Flood and We Care appeals, the King's Lynn Hospice and the air ambulance. This donation joins over £250,000 raised in 2014 and 2015 in a local appeal towards the cost of the new lifeboat and additional donations and fundraising towards the overall cost of the project.

An additional £190 was raised on the night from Jill and Peter Scillitoe who provided the catering and donated the evening's takings. 

We'd like to thank the Old Wild Rovers and everyone for their continued support.

See all news...

A high-5 for Stormy Stan visiting Wells

May Fair
2 May 2016

Look who's back in town... the RNLI's Stormy Stan has promised to pop along to the Wells RNLI Guild May Fair at the Congregational Hall, Clubbs Lane on Monday 2nd May. Do come and say hello... and enjoy a range of stalls and activities including our famous cake stand and plant sales along with tombola, raffle, coffee, tea and refreshments. Open from 10am to 1pm.

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

Facebook Find us on Facebook

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity, registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). This website is managed and maintained by local volunteers at Wells-next-the-Sea Lifeboat Station and is not the main RNLI site. All text and images copyright (C)2005-2014 RNLI Wells Lifeboat Station, or as indicated, and may not be downloaded, copied or reproduced elsewhere without prior permission of the station or the relevant copyright holder. Site Manager