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Wells Lifeboat

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

1 October 2016

Following on from the previous service, the crew mustered at 03:00 and the ILB re-launched on the first of the flood tide at 03:32, arriving at the Summer Wind at 03:51. Shortly after and with the yacht now sitting upright the crew attempted to repair the engine but found although it would idle it would not run under load and therefore the boat would have to be taken under tow. Returning to the boathouse at 04:15 the ILB collected an additional crew member to assist in hand hauling the casualty's anchor before the tow commenced at 05:07 with sufficient water in the harbour channel. Arriving in the outer harbour at 05:35 the Summer Wind was safely moored alongside at 05:40 where the skipper was reunited with his vessel. The ILB returned to station at 05:48 and was rehoused, refuelled and ready for service at 06:10.

Weather Part cloudy Visibility Good Wind SW 2-3 Sea Slight

Summer Wind, 18 August 2016

ILB crew aboard Summer Wind in the harbour channel, 1 October 2016

30 September 2016

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the ILB to assist a 10-metre fin-keeled yacht Summer Wind of Portsmouth which was on passage between Bridlington and Wells with 1 person onboard. The yacht was navigating in the approaches to Wells harbour on the ebbing tide when it suffered engine failure and contacted Humber Coastguard for assistance. The crew were paged at 22:47. Launching at 22:59 the ILB headed towards the casualty and arrived on scene at 23:04 where the crew found that the yacht had run aground on the west side of the harbour channel and that it would not be possible to re-float the yacht until the morning's incoming tide. The crew laid an anchor out and secured the yacht before taking the skipper ashore to safety, arriving back at the boathouse at 23:32. As the tide ebbed further the station's Softrak launching vehicle was sent to investigate at what angle the vessel had dried out and whether there was enough freeboard for it to lift on the flood tide. Reporting back, it was felt the flood tide would cause no concern. In agreement with the coastguard, the crew were stood down at 01:00 and would re-assemble at 03:00 to attempt to tow the casualty off the sand and into the harbour.

Weather Part cloudy Visibility Good Wind WSW 2-3 Sea Slight

29 September 2016

Humber Coastguard requested an ILB launch at 16:24 after receiving a 999 call from a concerned member of the public who reported an elderly person who appeared to be cut off by the tide in marshes at Morston. The crew were paged at 16:30. As the ILB was about to launch at 16:37 Humber Coastguard informed the boathouse that the person had been brought ashore by one of the seal trip boats operating from Morston; the local PC who had also been asked to attend the incident had contacted the skipper of the boat asking for assistance. The ILB was stood down, re-housed and ready for service at 16:45.

Latest News

New Wells ILB 'Peter Wilcox' is named in style

Sun 9 October 2016

A service of dedication and official naming ceremony for the station's new inshore lifeboat was held today at the boathouse.

More than 200 guests and supporters of the RNLI took part in the ceremony. D-797 Peter Wilcox is the 12th D-class inshore boat to be stationed at Wells since this type of lifeboat was first introduced in the early 1960s.

The boat is named after the late Peter Wilcox, whose widow Jayne officially named her by pouring champagne over the bows.

Peter Wilcox, from Windsor in Surrey, was a keen supporter of the RNLI all his life. In his later years, he fell in love with North Norfolk and bought a holiday home in nearby Weybourne. Having supported many charities throughout his life, his ambition though was to sponsor a lifeboat. Friend, Robert Holland, who gave a reading called 'It's a Shout', said how he'd once been summoned by Peter to be told that they were going to sponsor a lifeboat. That wish came true after he had died, when, with the support of family and friends, he was chosen to sponsor the new lifeboat for Wells.

RNLI Council member, William Everard, accepted the lifeboat from Jayne Wilcox and then handed it into the care of Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Hardy, and Wells Lifeboat Station. Lifeboat Chaplain, Rev Neil Woodruff led the service of dedication.

The ceremony also had its light-hearted moments, with Fakenham Town Band playing 'Satisfaction' and 'Goodbye Ruby Tuesday', as Peter was a Stones fan. The Blakeney Old Wild Rovers and audience also sang 'Home From the Sea'.

At the end of proceedings, Lord Leicester, who is President of Wells Lifeboat, gave a vote of thanks. After being named, the lifeboat was launched and the crew showed her paces around the outer harbour. Guests were then treated to an extensive buffet and further entertainment from the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers.

  More pictures in our photo gallery... (UPDATED 14/10/16)

A packed boat hall for the naming ceremony

A packed boat hall for the naming ceremonyCM

RNLI Council Member William Everard accepts the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI

RNLI Council Member William Everard accepts the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLICM

Jayne Wilcox names the station's new inshore lifeboat D-797 'Peter Wilcox'

Jayne Wilcox names the station's new inshore lifeboat D-797 'Peter Wilcox'CM

The newly named lifeboat is launched

The newly named lifeboat is launched Martin Fish

Food afterwards with entertainment from the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers

Food afterwards with entertainment from the Blakeney Old Wild RoversMP

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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.

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