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.
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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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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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
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.
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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