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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

14 January 2018

Reports were received of a person observed walking about on the marsh at 15.15 with an incoming tide and failing light. UK Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat which proceeded via the town quay into the marsh. Failing light made it difficult to see using the cctv cameras and observation from vantage points also proved difficult. The ILB landed crew members onto the march from where they could see better and the Coastguard Search and Rescue team began an edge of marsh search at Warham Greens. At 16.20 the Coastguard team located one person coming safely off the marsh at Garden Drove and it was considered that he was the same person that had been sighted earlier. A possible new target had been observed from Wells boathouse in the vicinity of Boat Creek and the ILB proceeded to that location but it was concluded that there was no person there. The lifeboat was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 17.30.

Weather Overcast Visibility 1-3 miles Wind NE 1 Sea Calm

ALB launch, 3 January 2018

Recovery of the lifeboat, 3 January 2018

3 January 2018

The lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard to assist in the recovery of the 27ft fishing vessel Valkyrie which had broken her moorings in Brancaster harbour. There was concern that the recovery operation might prove hazardous and the lifeboat was tasked to stand by and to render assistance if required.

The All Weather Lifeboat launched in front of the boathouse at 19.10 and proceeded towards Brancaster. The boat arrived at the harbour entrance at 19:40 and then entered the harbour to locate the stranded vessel. The lifeboat stood by and had comms with the skipper onboard the Valkyrie, ascertaining that the casualty was hard aground and there was little opportunity to refloat the vessel on the already fast ebbing tide. At 20:20 the two persons onboard departed the casualty vessel in a tender and proceeded back to Brancaster hard. Once they were safely ashore and with little chance to render further assistance, the lifeboat was released to return to Wells. The lifeboat arrrived back in Wells at 21:12 and was rehoused and ready again for service by 22:30.

Weather Squally Visibility Moderate Wind W 4-6 Sea Moderate

27 September 2017

Both lifeboats responded to a Mayday call from a 24' bilge keel yacht Spirit which had lost power and run aground whilst entering Wells Harbour. The yacht, with one person onboard, had run aground close to No 1 buoy and was believed to be taking on water. The inshore lifeboat launched on the incoming tide outside the boathouse at 19:41 and proceeded down the channel, crossing the harbour bar and rendezvoused with the casualty. As a precaution, the all-weather lifeboat also left the boathouse and proceeded to the low water launch site in Holkham bay. The ILB arrived alongside at 19:52 and placed a crew member on board before ascertaining that the yacht was not taking on water and passing a towline. With the tow connected, the casualty was successfully re-floated at 20:06. The ILB then proceeded inwards on the first of the tide while the all-weather lifeboat returned to station. At 21:15 the ILB transferred the tow to the Wells harbour launch in the vicinity of the fleets to be taken to the pontoons at Wells quay. The ILB then returned to station and was rehoused and refuelled at 21:55.

Weather Part cloudy Visibility Good Wind S 3 Sea Slight

Latest News

See our plans for the new Shannon boathouse in Wells

Thr 30 Nov 2017

Skegness' Shannon lifeboat 13-17

Skegness' Shannon lifeboat 13-17

Plans for the new lifeboat station in Wells to house the forthcoming Shannon-class lifeboat have been submitted to the planning authorities and will be available for the public to view at a specially organised event at Wells Sailing Club on the east quay on Tuesday 5th December. Please drop in at any time from 3pm to 7pm... all our welcome.

If you can't make this date, we will have the plans on display at the boathouse at our annual carol service on Sunday 17th December.

Bridlington lifeboat is the latest station on the East Coast to swap over from a Mersey class lifeboat to a new Shannon, joining Shannons already in service at Lowestoft, Skegness, Scarborough and Amble. Bridlington's boat 13-22 'Antony Patrick Jones' officially went on service this week.

Doris Mann back on station

Thr 30 Nov 2017

12-005 off Sheringham at dawn on passage back to Ramsgate

12-005 off Sheringham at dawn on passage back to Ramsgate

12-005 alongside Lowestoft's Shannon class lifeboat on a brief stopover for fuel and tea, 23/11/17

12-005 alongside Lowestoft's Shannon class lifeboat on a brief stopover for fuel and tea, 23/11/17

Our station all-weather lifeboat 12-003 'Doris M Mann of Ampthill' is back on service after spending some months in the outer harbour while repairs were made to a leaking engine exhaust which required custom parts to be produced. Former Hoylake boat, relief lifeboat 12-005 'Lady of Hilbre' filled in from August onwards, launching twice on service. A volunteer crew took 12-005 back from Wells to Ramsgate on 23rd November, stopping briefly at Lowestoft for fuel and a cup of tea during a 9 1/2 hour passage, returning by road the next day.


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Exercise Launches

Our next scheduled exercise launches are shown below. You are welcome to come and watch the lifeboats launch on the beach at the front of the lifeboat house... but please ensure you keep well to one side and that children are supervised. Exercises may be cancelled or rescheduled at short notice due to operational reasons.

Sunday 21 January 08:00

Sunday 4 February 08:00

Shannon Latest

A planning application has been submitted for the new lifeboat station to house our forthcoming Shannon-class all weather lifeboat. You can view the plans at the council's offices in Cromer or on-line on the North Norfolk District Council website.

Funding for the new lifeboat was raised in part with a station appeal for £250,000 in 2014-15 and in part by the Civil Service charity The Lifeboat Fund with its 150th Anniversary Appeal. We are hugely grateful to everyone who has donated, fund-raised, helped and supported us both locally and 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. Read more about the station appeal

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