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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

3 June 2015

An ILB launch was requested to aid a reported collapsed dog towards the western end of Holkam Bay on a flooding tide. Launching on the very first of the flood tide at 16:34 the ILB made passage out of the harbour and located the dog and owners at 16:46, where the crew awaited the local Coastguard team and their vehicle which had also been tasked to the incident. The animal was placed into the vehicle and arrangements made via the boathouse for it to be seen by the local veterinary practice. The ILB was released at 16:56 and was rehoused, re-fuelled and ready for service at 17:23.

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27 May 2015

Humber Coastguard paged for an ILB launch at 20:09 to assist the local Coastguard team after receiving information that a horse was in distress in the water north of Scolt Head Island. The crew were paged at 20:12. With the tide at full ebb, the ILB was taken to the low water launch site in Holkham Bay. Prior to launching at 20:38 further information indicated the horse had originally thrown its rider in Holkham Bay and bolted across Burnham Overy harbour channel making towards Brancaster but was then lost sight of.

The ILB proceeded towards Brancaster inshore along Scolt Head and, clearing the western end of the island, was informed by the Wells Coastguard team that it was thought the animal was between Brancaster wreck and the harbour entrance. Following instruction from the shore and a brief search in fading light, the body of the horse was found west of Brancaster Golf club approximately 150 yards offshore at 21:31.

The crew managed to retrieve the tack before taking the animal into the harbour channel on the flooding tide in a freshening westerly wind. With insufficient tide to enter the harbour, after discussion with the coastguard team and boathouse, a decision was made to leave the horse tethered to a navigation buoy. Departing at 23:20, the ILB returned to station at 00:05 and was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 00:30. The animal was subsequently recovered by the Brancaster harbourmaster.

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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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Latest News

Relief lifeboat now on station

Wed 8 Jul 2015

Relief lifeboat 12-005 Lady of Hilbre being washed down and recovered at Wells, 2/7/15

Relief lifeboat 12-005 Lady of Hilbre being washed down and recovered at Wells, 2/7/15

Wells Lifeboat 12-003 is lifted at Lowestoft Haven Marina, 3/7/15

Wells Lifeboat 12-003 is lifted at Lowestoft Haven Marina, 3/7/15

A volunteer crew set off from Wells for Ramsgate on Monday 29 June to bring a relief lifeboat back to station on Tuesday, while our boat goes away for a small refit. The boat, Mersey class 12-005 Lady of Hilbre has just joined the relief fleet having served for many years as the Hoylake station boat until being recently replaced by a new Shannon class lifeboat.

12-005 was swapped over with our station boat last Thursday, with the boat being washed down and recovered into the boathouse while our boat was left moored in the outer harbour. Crew members then took our boat to Lowestoft early on Friday 3rd, where is was lifted at Lowestoft Haven Marina for onward transport by road to the new All-weather Lifeboat Centre at Poole.

It is expected that 12-003's mini refit will take around 6 weeks so the relief boat will be on station over the summer period.

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55th Annual Lifeboat Service

Please join us at Wells quayside at 7pm on Sunday 2 August. Both lifeboats launch and run up to the quayside for a short service with hymns and readings. The lifeboats are joined by a flotilla of local small boats which anchor in the channel to take part, with crew, shore helpers, guild members and their families and many local residents and visitors to the town attending. Music provided by the redoubtable Fakenham Town Band.

Open evenings

As usual, we're holding open evenings at the boathouse on Wednesday nights throughout the school summer holidays from 6.30pm to around 9pm. There'a chance to learn a bit about the station's history and how we operate and to meet the crew and to step aboard the all-weather lifeboard. Children usually also get a chance to try on some of our kit and to get a close up look at our inshore lifeboat.

Charity Golf Match
at Weston Park

We're holding our popular Charity Golf Day at Weston Park again this year on 27 August, with funds being raised towards the new Shannon class Lifeboat for Wells. Team entries are invited and we'd also like to hear from anyone who wants to sponsor a hole or donate a raffle prize... for more information or to download a poster or entry form, see our event listing.

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