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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

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.

Weather Fine Visibility Good Wind W2 Sea Slight

8 November 2014

Wells ILB was launched at the request of Humber Coastguard to an 18ft open powerboat Boy Patrick with two people on-board in Wells Harbour which had fouled its propellor while departing its mooring. The ILB launched in darkness at 17:00 with the wind gusting F6-7 from the south west and a strong flood tide. The ILB arrived alongside at 17:05 and worked to free the vessel. The crew then escorted Boy Patrick under her own power to the town slipway where the crew assisted the owners to recover the boat onto its trailer as they had originally intended. The ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service by 17:54.

Weather Squally Visibility Good Wind SW6-7 Sea Slight

3 September 2014

Humber Coastguard contacted the station at 08:28 initially for the launch of the ALB to assist a 28ft yacht Ra with one person on-board following a faint VHF radio call from the vessel. The skipper had anchored overnight following engine failure and winds too light to sail. He estimated his position was somewhere between Burham Overy and Wells harbours but was unsure whether the anchor was holding.

After discussion, it was decided to launch the ILB in the first instance to try to locate the yacht and, if found close by, to tow it to Wells. The crew were paged at 08:34. Launching from Holkham Bay at 08:58 the ILB began a search towards Burnham Overy harbour but without result. The ALB was taken from the boathouse to use its VHF direction finding equipment, giving a NW bearing to the yacht. At the same time the local coastguard team reported sighting a vessel estimated to be 5 miles north of Brancaster harbour. With this information and sufficient crew already available at the boathouse, it was decided to launch the ALB. As the ALB was in the process of launching from Holkham Bay at 09:50, the ILB reported that it was alongside the Ra and would begin to tow the vessel towards Wells. The lifeboats rendezvoused at 10:15 where the tow was transferred to the ALB and the ILB released to return to station. Passage resumed to Wells and the casualty was moored on the quayside pontoons at 12:00. The ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 11:30 and the ALB by 13:00.

Weather Cloudy Visibility Moderate Wind N2 Sea Slight

1 September 2014

The ILB was launched following a 999 call from 3 kayakers unsure of their position, with darkness approaching, in the vicinity of Blakeney. The ILB launched at 19:58 very early on the flood and proceeded towards Blakeney while Humber coastguard in conjunction with local coastguard officers attempted to pinpoint the kayaks. This was determined to be on sand at the southern edge of Blakeney harbour, close to Blakeney pit. With the kaykers flashing a light from a mobile phone, the ILB met up with them at 20:30 and escorted them on the first of the water into Morston creek where the local coastguard assisted them with recovery of their vessels and vehicle. The ILB returned to station at 21:35pm and was re-fuelled and ready for service again by 22:00.

Weather Fine Visibility Good Wind Light airs Sea Slight

Latest News

Gansey winner at Christmas Bazaar

Sun 9 Nov 2014

The prize draw for our competition to win a traditional style fisherman's gansey, hand-knitted by crew member's wife Sara Phillips, took place at a busy Wells RNLI Guild Christmas Bazaar at the Maltings on Saturday 8th November. The gansey was won by Wells resident Paula Baldry.

Our thanks to Sara for coming up with the prize and to all who bought tickets. The competition raised £650 for the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal, helping bring the total to almost £60,000 so far.

The Guild Xmas Bazaar at the Maltings

The Guild Xmas Bazaar at the Maltings

Stalls at the Xmas Bazaar

Stalls at the Xmas Bazaar

Sara picks the winning ticket for the Gansey prize draw

Sara picks the winning ticket for the Gansey prize draw

Get on your bike for the Shannon Appeal

Sun 9 Nov 2014

Bike events organiser Cycle Sportives UK has pledged to support the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal with a series of rides and events over the coming months, starting with a 25 or 50 mile ride each month through the winter and including a 100-mile ride called 'Chase the Rising Sun' on 27 June 2015 which will start at sunset at Hunstanton lifeboat station and finish at sunrise at Southwold lifeboat station.

Peter Dennes, who runs Cycle Sportives UK with business partner Matt Willimott, said: "We did the first year rasing money for the air ambulance and our target was to raise £1,000 and we topped that.... if we can a grand or more to the Lifeboat appeal then that would be great."

The Winter rides starts at Hellesdon Village Hall and include slow, medium and fast groups and a 25 or 50 mile route to suit as many people as possible. Tea, coffee, cakes and mechanical back-up will be provided. Entry is just £5 per person which includes a 10% donation to the Shannon Appeal. Further donations can be made at the venue.

For more information to get on your bike to help fund our new lifeboat, visit the Cycle Sportives UK website.

Cycle events organised by Cycle Sportives UK raised more than £1,050 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance this year - and organisers have pledged to support Wells RNLI’s Shannon Appeal over the next year. The events will include a 100-mile cycle ride, called ‘Chase the Rising Sun’, which will start at Hunstanton’s lifeboat station and finish at the life-saving facility in Southwold.

Peter Dennes, who runs Cycle Sportives UK with business partner Matt Willimott, said: “We did the first year rasing money for the air ambulance and our target was to raise £1,000 and we topped that.

“The Wells RNLI’s Shannon Appeal is another really good cause and they need a lot of money. If we can add a grand or more to the appeal then that will be great.”

The Wells branch of the RNLI began its appeal to raise £250,000 for a new £2m Shannon class lifeboat in June. After nearly 25 years and more than 140 rescues, Wells’ Mersey-class lifeboat Doris M Mann of Ampthill is nearing the end of her service life.

The RNLI will be replacing her with a new state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat in 2016 to provide a faster, safer and more effective life-saving service off the Norfolk coast for many years to come.

The target is to raise the sum by the end of next year. More than £51,000 has been raised so far. Wells RNLI coxswain Allen Frary said they were grateful for Cycle Sportives UK’s support.

He said: “We need to raise £250,000 by the end of the year so we are very grateful. It was a pleasure to meet the guys from the cycle events and to know they are helping us with our fundraising.”

Cycle events organised by Cycle Sportives UK this year included the Torq Round Norfolk Epic Challenge which saw cyclists complete 170 miles around the county. Next year’s event is set to be 200 miles.

Events in aid of the Shannon Appeal will kick-start this weekend with a 25/50-mile ride from Hellesdon Village Hall, near Norwich, this Sunday.

To read more about the cycle events and to enter, go to www.cyclesportivesuk.co.uk. More events will be announced over the coming weeks.

- See more at: http://www.fakenhamtimes.co.uk/news/get_in_the_saddle_to_raise_funds_for_wells_lifeboat_appeal_1_3835285#sthash.yIMuEX00.dpuf
  Cycle Sportives UK

Superheroes to support our Shannon Appeal

Tue 4 Nov 2014

2014 Superhero start

2014 Superhero start

2014 Superhero swim

2014 Superhero swim

Norfolk Superhero, North Norfolk's amazing quadrathlon event, will be raising money for the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal in 2015. Wells RNLI is delighted that the organisers have chosen us as their selected charity in 2015 and their support will make a major contribution towards a new all-weather lifeboat to provide vital life-saving cover off Wells and along the North Norfolk coast. We hope people will support the event and will come and cheer the athletes on or even sign-up and take part.

Competitors enter in teams of two who must both complete four consecutive events set around the village and harbour of Burnham Overy Staithe... a 1 mile tidal swim, a 4 mile kayak course around the creeks, a 45 mile cycle ride around some of the area's best roads and scenery and finally a gruelling 8 mile coastal run including sand, mud and marsh.

Recent Superhero events have raised money for Nelson's Journey, The Big C and Wells Community Hospital. Next year's challenge will be held on 6 June 2015.

  Norfolk Superhero website

Crew chooses Shannon Ale

Tue 4 Nov 2014

Volunteers from the lifeboat crew (of which there was no shortage) met up at the Real Ale Shop at Branthill Farm at the end of October for a beer tasting to choose a Shannon Ale. Organised by shop owner Teddy Maufe, the competition featured entries from Norfolk breweries including Elmtree Beers, Panther Brewery, Wagtail Brewery and the Why Not Brewery. All the beers were made from maris otter barley which is grown locally around Wells, malted at Crisp Matlings in Great Ryburgh.

A Wagtail beer was chosen the favourite and will be available as Shannon Ale from mid-November from the Real Ale shop. £1 for each b ottle sold will be donated towards the station's Shannon Lifeboat Appeal.

Our thanks to Teddy Maufe and the breweries for their support.

  The Real Ale Shop

More news...

Jazz at The Crown

The Crown hotel on the Buttlands is putting on a Jazz evening with a three course meal and a glass of Beaujolais on 28th November. Tickets include a donation to our Shannon Appeal. For more information, see our events listing.

RNLI Christmas Cards
now on sale

RNLI Christmas Card

RNLI Christmas cards and calendars are now on sale at Standard House Chandlery by Wells quay as well as at our usual guild events. A selection of RNLI gifts and souvenirs is also available at the Edinburgh pub at the top of Staithe Street.

More talks at the Globe

The Globe's 'Talk of Wells' evenings have proved very popular and continue through the winter. Treat yourself and a friend to a lovely meal and an after-dinner talk at this traditional inn on the Buttlands in Wells. Tickets are £20 per person for a two course meal with a glass of wine and include a £5 donation towards our Shannon lifeboat appeal. See our events listing or contact the Globe for more details.

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