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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
16:26

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
20:12

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
14:48

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
10:40

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

Wells all-weather lifeboat to go for refit

Mon 29 Jun 2015

Swapping boats over in Wells after the last refit; relief boat 12-25 (l) and Wells lifeboat (r)

Swapping boats over in Wells after the last refit; relief boat 12-25 (l) and Wells lifeboat (r)

Wells' all-weather lifeboat 12-003 Doris M Mann of Ampthill will be leaving the station this week for a planned 'mini refit'.

This is likely to be the last major service work that the 1990 boat receives before she retires and is replaced with a new Shannon class vessel, currently scheduled for some time in 2017. The refit will ensure the lifeboat remains in tip-top condition for her last months of service and follows a careful survey to determine exactly what work needs to be done.

Some equipment will also be upgraded. The lifeboat will return fitted with AIS which is becoming standard on commercial vessels. AIS transmits the boat's position, speed, heading and destination over dedicated VHF channels to other vessels in the vicinity. The signals are also picked up by some shore stations which in turn relay the information to allow vessels to be tracked over the web.

Volunteer crew from Wells are travelling to Ramsgate to collect a relief Mersey class lifeboat to serve at Wells while our boat is away. This should arrive in Wells late on Tuesday. The two boats will be swapped over before our lifeboat leaves on passage for Lowestoft, where she will be lifted for onward transport by road.

The lifeboat last went away for refit in October 2009.

Superheroes deliver the goods

Sun 7 Jun 2015

A great day was had on Saturday at the 2015 Norfolk Superhero Challenge. This unique quadrathlon event features a 1 mile open water swim, 4 mile kayak race, 45 mile cycle ride and 10 mile cross-country run. 80 teams of two took part, all raising funds towards the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal.

Organised in conjunction with Wells RNLI guild and station, the station ILB attended on the water while guild and crew volunteers manned a souvenir stall and demonstration ILB on the race event field at Burnham Overy Staithe. Much time and help for the organisers was also given by crew and guild member Martyn Flitcroft who acts as safety co-ordinator for the event every year, and crew member Danny Roberts who spent much of the day supervising traffic. The RNLI's Stormy Stan came up specially to help with proceedings while other guild and crew members and their families joined a cheerful and friendly crowd watching the event and cheering the competitors on.

Conditions wern't the easiest with a hot, sunny day and a stiff south-westerly breeze which made the opening swim from the harbour entrance to the hard most difficult, as well as demanding extra effort in the other legs. The overall winners with Niall McCallum and Dave Walker completing the entire event in just 4 and half hours but all of the competitiors that started made it all the way round.

The biggest winner of the day though is perhaps Wells RNLI station because our appeal to fund a new Shannon class lifeboat for Wells-next-the-Sea and the North Norfolk coast was chosen as the event's charity this year. Everyone on station would like thank the organisers and those who took part for their incredible support. It's an amazing sporting event that has gone from strength to strength and will no doubt continue to do great things in future.

The final total raised isn't known yet but it will make a major contribution to our appeal and be a lasting and significant contribution to life saving on the North Norfolk coast for many years to come... superheroes indeed!

(Photos: MP and FW)

  Superhero website

1 mile swim in a choppy harbour channel

1 mile swim in a choppy harbour channel

Completed swimmers run to fetch their kayaks

Completed swimmers run to fetch their kayaks

Transition from swimming to kayak race

Transition from swimming to kayak race

Kayaks starting off from the Staithe on a 4 mile loop around the marshes

Kayaks starting off from the Staithe on a 4 mile loop around the marshes

A quick recovery from a capsize as one kayak sets off

A quick recovery from a capsize as one kayak sets off

Transition from kayaks to a 45 mile bike race around the lanes and villages

Transition from kayaks to a 45 mile bike race around the lanes and villages

After the bikes, a 10 mile run on sea bank, track, beach and marsh

After the bikes, a 10 mile run on sea bank, track, beach and marsh

Stormy Stan with two race marshalls

Stormy Stan with two race marshalls

Guild and crew and their families watching the race

Guild and crew and their families watching the race

The finish line as the first finishers run over the marsh and through the channel

The finish line as the first finishers run over the marsh and through the channel

Stormy Stan with winners Niall McCallum (l) and Dave Walker (r)

Stormy Stan with winners Niall McCallum (l) and Dave Walker (r)

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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Garden Party
Sunday 12 July

Come along to a garden party at the Fulfords at Hill House, Knitting Needle Lane in Wells with stalls, raffle, hot-dogs, Pimms, tea and cakes on Sunday 12 July from 2pm to 5pm. All funds raised in aid of the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal.

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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