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Welcome to RNLI Wells

The RNLI Lifeboat Station in Wells-next-the-Sea 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.

New boathouse build

New boathouse build
Updated 31/12/2021

See boathouse build pages for the latest information on our new boathouse building.

Launch A Memory

Launch A Memory Wells

Add a loved one's name to our new lifeboat...

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Frequently asked questions

Sea Safety Guide

Wells Beach Safety leaflet

Download our new local map and guide for enjoying the coast and beaches at Wells and Holkham... see our new Sea Safety Page

RNLI Wells Lifesavers Fund

RNLI Wells lifesavers fund

Recent Services

Crew member transferred to fishing boat, 17/1/22

A crew member is put on-board the 'Christine Claire' to help rig a tow, 17/1/22

17 January 2022
17.19

Wells All-Weather Lifeboat was paged to assist a 38' fishing vessel Christine Claire with two crew onboard which was disabled and taking on water near the harbour entrance and was under tow of the Wells Harbour supply tender Frank-T. The fishing boat had earlier been towed from Kings Lynn by the fishing vessel Seagull to Wells, where arrangements had been made for the vessel to be lifted out for repairs to a bent prop-shaft. However, large swells on the bar were such that the Frank-T could not safely bring the vessel into harbour as planned. The fishing boats pumps were coping with the water ingress and the Frank-T turned the pair around and was holding the fishing boat head-to-sea in safer waters.

Launching from the boathosue at 17:39, Wells Lifeboat arrrived on-scene at 17:55 and assessed the situation. A crew member was transferred aboard the fishing vessel to help rig a tow and, at 18:10, the Frank-T cast off her line and set off back to harbour. With a tow secured by 18:25, the lifeboat and fishing vessel headed slowly in, crossing the bar at 19:00. The tow was shortened up in the channel outside the boathouse at 19:16 and the fishing vessel safely moored alongside in the outer harbour at 19:23. The lifeboat returned to station and went ashore at 19:35 and was washed down, rehoused and refuelled by 20:30.

Weather Part cloudy Visibility Good Wind NW2 Sea Moderate on bar

1 January 2022
16:55

Wells inshore lifeboat was paged to render assistance to two persons and a dog who had got into difficulties in the dark and were cut off by the tide on Scolt Head Island. The ILB launched at 17:08 close to high water and information from the Coastguard was that the two persons had attempted to get back across the creek and were wet and cold but were safe having returned to higher ground towards the eastern-end of Scolt Head Island. They had set out from Burnham Overy earlier at 11:00 for a walk and were caught out by the tide filling creeks which were empty when they had crossed them. While the ILB was en-route, the local Coastguard team had managed to locate the persons from a vantage point above Burnham Overy harbour by them flashing a light and were then able to guide the lifeboat to their location. The lifeboat arrived on-scene at 17:38 having navigated through the creeks to the south of Scolt Head Island and ascertained that, apart from being wet and cold, the two persons were alright. They were then ferried onboard the lifeboat to Burnham Overy hard where they were met by the local Coastguard team at 18:05. The lifeboat returned to station by 18:30 amd was washed down, rehoused and refuelled and ready again for service by 19:00.

Weather Part cloudy Visibility Good Wind S4 Sea Slight

ILB launching on service to Burnham Overy 29/12/21

ILB launching to persons cut off at Burnham Overy Staithe, 29/12/21

29 December 2021
16:02

The inshore lifeboat was paged to two people cut off by the tide on the marshes north of the hard at Burnham Overy Staithe. The local Coastguard team had the people in sight from the car park by the staithe. The ILB launched with a crew of three and proceeded out of the harbour but, with the tide well ebbed, the coastguard managed to assist the people across the creek and to safety before darkness fell. The ILB was stood down at 16:22 and returned to station.

With the tide coming in during the afternoon and in fading light over the next few days, we'd like to remind everyone visiting for New Year's to be careful walking on the beach or marshes and to return to the land or the main beach at least four hours before high water. Contact the Coastguard on 999 if in difficulty.

Weather Part cloudy Visibility Good Wind SW3 Sea Slight

4 November 2021
14:37

Wells inshore lifeboat was paged by HM Coastguard to assist two people and their dog who had got into the difficulties while walking on the foreshore of Wells Beach, west of the harbour channel. They dialled 999 when they found themselves cut off by the incoming tide in stormy weather. The ILB launched at 14.44pm outside the boathouse. The weather conditions were far from ideal, with squalls of driving rain from the north and the wind gusting force 6 at times. The stranded people could be seen from the lifeboat station and were already up to their knees in the tide flooding across the sand. With breaking seas to windward, the inshore lifeboat was able to reach them by through calmer waters in a drain to the south, arriving on scene at 14:51. By this time the water was already at waist height and the two people and the dog were quickly brought onboard. The lifeboat returned to the boathouse where the party was met by the local Coastguard team before being taken into the boathouse to get warm and dry. The inshore lifeboat was rehoused and refuelled 15.10.

Weather Squally Visibility Good Wind N6 Sea Slight

2 November 2021
13:11

Three walkers on the west side sands found themselves cut off by the incoming flood tide. The inshore lifeboat was paged after a 999 call from other members of the same party safely on the beach and a report from the Wells National Coastwatch lookout. The ILB launched at 13:23 while the local coastguard team joined the other members of the party on the beach keeping an eye on the persons in difficulty. The ILB arrived to seaward of the persons and landed a crew member who waded to them at 13:23. Aided by the crew member, the party then waded through waist-deep water to an area of higher ground while the inshore lifeboat navigated the rapidly rising channel between them and the shore as the tide rose to be able to get near enough to pick them up. The 3 persons and crew member were on-board the lifeboat at 13:41 and returned to the boathouse to be met by the coastguard and the rest of their party at 13:48. The ILB crew had noticed other groups of people out on the sands who were in danger of shortly being cut off in a similar fashion so the lifeboat returned to the scene and advised two other groups to return to the beach. The lifeboat was rehoused and refuelled and back on service again at 15:00.

Weather Sunny Visibility Good Wind SW3 Sea Slight

Latest News

Sunday's Carol service CANCELLED

Wed 15 Dec 2021

Unfortunately, a decision has had to be taken to cancel the Christmas Carol Service this coming Sunday due to concerns about Covid. The service will now not take place.

The station would like to thank Neil, Sue and Abi and everyone who had planned and arranged this event, stepping in when our normal carols at the boathouse couldn't be held because of construction work on the new lifeboat station.

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Boathouse Build

New boathouse build
Latest update 31/12/2021

See boathouse build pages for the latest information on our new lifeboat station building.

The new building will will take around 18 months to complete with work preparing the foundations and piling for the building and ramp having taken place from September 2020 to May 2021.

The building is required to house our forthcoming new Shannon-class lifeboat which was funded in part with a station appeal for £250,000 in 2014-15 and also 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

COVID-19 restrictions

Wells lifeboats and the lifeboat crew remain operational and ready to launch if needed during the coronavirus outbreak.

All public visits to the lifeboat station remain cancelled. Please do not enter the boathouse except by prior arrangement.

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.

Please note that at present there is no public access to the lifeboat station due to coronavirus restrictions. You are welcome to watch the boats launch from the beach beside the lifeboat station. Please take care near building works for the new lifeboat station.

Sunday 9 Jan 2022 09:30
CANCELLED

Sunday 23 Jan 2022 08:00
Regular exercise

Sunday 6 Feb 2022 08:00
Regular exercise

Thursday 17 Feb 2022 17.30
Regular exercise

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