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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

22 February 2015

The station's inshore lifeboat was on a routine exercise when at 09:27 Humber Coastgaurd asked it to proceed immediately to Wells quayside after a member of the public had reported seeing a person fall into the water. The ILB arrived on scene at 09:32 and located the casualty, face down in the water, caught between the hull of a local fishing vessel and the quay wall on a strong ebbing tide. With great difficulty, the person was recovered and landed onto the quay at 09:38. The casualty was unresponsive so crew members began first aid and requested an ambulance. A First Responder arrived promptly to assist followed by the local Coastguard, paramedics, the harbour master and the air ambulance, which landed on the quay. Sadly, despite their combined efforts, the casualty could not be revived and was pronounced dead by the air ambulance doctor at 10.19. The ILB was released at 10:30 and was rehoused, refuelled and ready for service again by 11:15.

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10 February 2015

The ILB crew were paged at 09:59 following a 999 call to Humber coastguard from a lady in some distress saying that her dog had entered the water in Wells channel and was being swept away by the tide. The launch was cancelled two minutes later, with most crew members on their way down the beach road, after the lady informed the coastguard that the dog had made a safe return to shore.


Isabelle Kathleen, 9 November 2014

Isabelle Kathleen under tow back to Wells, 9 NovemberNH

9 November 2014

The ALB was paged for a low water launch to assist the 11m MFV Isabelle Kathleen which had left Wells on the morning tide on passage from Welsl to Oban but had suffered fuel problems and engine failure and was now disabled some 25nm north of Wells. The lifeboat launched from Holkham beach at 13:40 to rendezvous with the fishing boat. Arriving at 15:25, it was found the casualty vessel had no bullring or cleats and therefore a bridle had to be set-up from the two stern posts before a tow back to Wells could be commenced at 15:50. Arriving outside the harbour at 18:20 near high water on the evening tide, the vessel was taken up to the quay and safely secured alongside. The lifeboat was recovered and refuelled by 21:00.

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Latest News

Wraps come off quayside mural

Sun 22 Mar 2015

Crew members from Wells Lifeboat helped to put up and unveil a new mural on Wells quayside yesterday in front of a small crowd braving the cold and windy conditions. Created as a community project by local artists Sue Rainsford, Toby Newman, Linda Pattrick and Hazel Ashley, the painting features a Wells beach scene and a Shannon class lifeboat which the RNLI hopes to bring to Wells in late 2016/early 2017. The design also includes some information panels about the new lifeboat and our appeal to raise £250,000 towards its cost before the end of this year.

After the unveiling, spectators made their way to the upstairs room at the Golden Fleece where there was small exhibition of art and more information about the Shannon appeal.

The hoarding covers the remaining plot left after quayside buildings were damaged in a fire in 2005. Materials for the project were donated by Jewsons in Fakenham and assistance was provided by KSP Specialist Decorators and crew members Ross Fulford and Keven Parr.

A small crowd on a cold, windy quayside

A small crowd on a cold, windy quayside

Wells Lifeboat crew members get ready

Wells Lifeboat crew members get ready

Crew members unveil the mural

Crew members unveil the mural

The mural with artists (l-r) Sue Rainsford, Toby Newman, Linda Pattrick and Hazel Ashley

The mural with artists (l-r) Sue Rainsford, Toby Newman, Linda Pattrick and Hazel Ashley

68 year old Wells lady to sky dive for the Shannon

Mon 23 Feb 2015

68-year old Wells resident and regular RNLI supporter Jill Scillitoe will doing a sky dive from Beccles airfield on 15 May to raise funds for the Wells Shannon Lifeboat appeal. After some persuasion, her son Kieron (age 44) will also be jumping.

Jill and Kieron are hoping to raise £2000 by braving something which is a long way from their comfort zone to add to money they've already raised to help bring a new lifeboat to Wells.

  Support Jill and Kieron's jump at JustGiving

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Talk of Wells

Some tickets are still available for Monday 13 April for dinner at the Globe Inn followed by a talk by entrepreneur Mark Kitto about his life in China. Funds raised go to the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal. To book, please contact The Globe.

Skydive for the Shannon

68 year old Wells resident Jill Scillitoe and her son Kieron are sky diving to help raise money for our new lifeboat. You can read about and support their brave effort at JustGiving

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