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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

Lifeboat back ashore with recovered liferaft, 12 May 2015

Lifeboat back ashore with recovered liferaft, 12 May 2015

12 May 2015

At 14:46 Humber Coastguard advised that a merchant vessel had located an empty, fully inflated 8 person liferaft 6nm NE of Wells Lifeboat Station. The vessel could not bring the liferaft on board due to a strong offshore breeze and its high freeboard. The All Weather Lifeboat was paged at 14:48 to investigate and recover the liferaft. The Lifeboat launched at 15:06 outside the boathouse on the ebbing tide and proceeded to sea. The vessel standing by the liferaft was the local windfarm support vessel Eden Rose which subsequently transferred responsibility to its sister vessel the Ginny Louise. The Lifeboat arrived on scene at 16:00 and the Ginny Louise was then released from the incident.

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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Sesame, 9 May 2015

Yacht Sesame being towed alongside up to the quay, 9 May

9 May 2015

Humber Coastguard contacted the Station at 09:50 on 9 May requesting we launch the lifeboat to take over a tow from the Skegness Lifeboat which was towing a 19' yacht Sesame which had lost its rudder, with 1 person on board, toward Wells Harbour. The all-weather lifeboat launched at 10:40 to meet the Skegness Lifeboat and casualty off Wells and led the way into more sheltered water. The tow was then transferred and Skegness lifeboat released to return home. Wells lifeboat bought the casualty alongside and proceeded toward the Quay where the casualty was safely moored on the pontoons at 11:30. The lifeboat then returned to station and was ready again for service at 12:30.

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25 April 2015

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the ILB to assist in the recovery of a dog thought to be in trouble in Wells Channel. The ILB launched at 10.44 and located the dog at 10.48. The dog was tired and having difficulty swimming against the tide, the crew assisted the dog into the ILB and returned it to its owners on the beach. The ILB returned to the Boathouse at 10.55 and was refuelled and ready for service at 11.00

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19 April 2015

A launch request was received from Humber Coastguard at 19:12 to assist the 16 foot motor vessel Teal with one person on-board. The owner had contacted the coastguard using a mobile phone reporting the vessel had suffered machinery failure and was adrift in Blakeney harbour. The crew were paged at 19:19. Launching at 19:29 the ILB departed the boathouse and proceeded to Blakeney harbour in a moderate north-easterly residual swell. Arriving on scene at 19.59 a tow was soon established and passage made to Morston quay where the casualty was safely moored alongside at 20:26 and handed into the care of the Cley coastguard team. Due to the conditions experienced earlier when entering Blakeney harbour the ILB helm decided that in failing light it would be prudent to return to station via the creek system for a safer although slower passage. Arriving at the boathouse at 21:06 the ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 21:23.

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13 April 2015

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather lifeboat to the 27' yacht Cannonade with 2 persons aboard which was unsure of its position in the vicinity of the Wells leading buoy. The crew mustered at the station where the yacht was identified visually in Holkham bay. It was decided to launch the inshore lifeboat but in the meantime the ALB was pushed out of the boathouse to get a DF bearing on the casualty. The ILB launched from the low water launch site at 19:17 and was alongside at 19:19. The ILB towed the yacht, which was very low on fuel, closer to the harbour entrance and ensured it was safely anchored before returning to the boathouse to wait for the incoming tide. Hunstanton lifeboat, which had also been launched to locate and assist the yacht, also attended briefly.

At 01:15, the ILB crew returned to the boathouse, launching at 01:23 to lead the casualty into the outer harbour close to high water. Two crew members were put on-board to assist with navigation into the harbour. The vessels arrived at 02:20 and the yacht was safely moored alongside. The ILB was ready for service again by 02:50.

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Latest News

Wells fundraisers successfully jump from aircraft

Sun 17 May 2015

Congratulations to Jill ad Kieron Scillitoe of Wells who successfully completed their sky dive to raise funds towards our new lifeboat on Friday. We're not sure how much they have raised until all the sponsorship forms from around the town are in but if you'd like to reward their brave effort, there's still time to do so at the JustGiving link below.

  JustGiving Sky Dive

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Meet the Guild
this Saturday

Wells RNLI Guild is looking for new volunteers and saying "thank you" to all those locally and in RNLI branches in Peterborough, Cambridge, Wisbech, Swaffham, Dereham, Norwich and Holt who have worked so hard in recent months to raise funds towards our new Shannon lifeboat.

Please come along to our 'meet and greet' at Wells sailing club on 23 May to meet up, have a chat and perhaps see if you'd like to join in with future fund-raising efforts.

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to support the
Shannon appeal

The 2015 Norfolk Superhero Challenge quadrathlon event is raising money to help fund a new Shannon-class lifeboat for Wells. Keep an eye out for athletes training in the local area over the coming weeks, support their efforts and come and cheer them on on 6th June. Superhero website

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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