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.
Walls and floors are appearing in our new lifeboat station! See boathouse build pages for more.
With the tide ebbing, the moored boat was now dried out on sand. As the ILB was already on-scene, there was no need for the fire service to launch their own boat and the ILB and crew assisted by transporting equipment and firefighters across the channel to the vicinity of the burning boat. The crew also helped wading on foot to feed a hose from the fire pump across the channel which the firefighters used to douse the flames with foam.
Once the fire crew was satisfied that the fire was extinguished, the ILB helped to bring equipment and crew back across the channel. The lifeboat was stood down at 22:48 when the crew walked the boat back down the channel to the boathouse, there now being insufficient tide remaining to motor back. The ILB was recovered at 12:20 and washed down, refuelled and rehoused by 00:50.
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The flood tide started to lift the RIB by 17:35 and there were no issues with refloating. It was therefore decided that a member of the lifeboat crew would take the RIB under its own power back to its usual mooring in the town with the inshore lifeboat escorting it. Both boats made their way slowly in as the tide made in the harbour and the RIB was safely put its mooring at 19:00. The lifeboat came ashore at 19:25 and was washed down, rehoused and refuelled by 20:05.
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The helicopter circled overhead while both lifeboats put crew members onboard and rigged up both lifeboats' salvage pumps which quickly reduced the water level onboard, enabling the helicopter to stand down and return to station. With the vessel stabilised and in a position to be towed, a tow line was rigged from the Wells Lifeboat and a passage back to Wells Harbour commenced at 03:00. Skegness Lifeboat escorted the Wells Lifeboat and fishing vessel back toward Wells fairway. At 04:00 when safely in the approaches to Wells, the Skegness Lifeboat recovered her salvage pump from the fishing vessel and set course back to Skegness. The fishing vessel was safely put on a drying mooring in the harbour at 04:45 and the lifeboat crew then assisted in tightening up the leaking stern gland to prevent any water ingress. The Lifeboat was ashore at 05:30 and was rehoused, refuelled and ready for service again at 06:31.
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On this day in 1950, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh assumed command of HMS Magpie and we're excited to reveal that Wells-next-the-Sea's new Shannon class lifeboat will be named Duke of Edinburgh, in honour of his maritime service
Our thanks to everyone who came to our 60th Annual Lifeboat Service at Wells Quay on Sunday and to all those who worked in front of and behind the scenes to make it happen. This was our first public event since the pandemic started and it was lovely to once again have a crowd out to see the boats and join in.
We were also joined by NHS staff and volunteers from the Fakenham medical practice and vaccination centre on the restored historic lifeboat 'Lucy Lavers' as a thank you for their efforts this Summer. A more regular special guest was retired Coxswain David Cox, now age 95 and attending the event which he helped to start for the 60th time!
A collection raised just over £1600 for the RNLI.
Wells' new Shannon lifeboat will carry the names of up to 10,000 people within the white letters and numbers – RNLI 13-46 – on the sides of her hull. The RNLI's Launch A Memory service allows people to celebrate a loved one by adding their name to a lifeboat in return for a donation to help with the running costs of the charity's lifesaving service. Wells' new Shannon has been chosen as the third lifeboat to take part in the scheme and the first in England after new boats being built for Invergorden in Scotland and Cliffden in Ireland.
At a launch on Wells beach this morning, crew members and some of the local people whose loved ones will be among the first names to be be commemorated on the new Shannon met with the local press.
Among them were the family of Campbell MacCallum who for many years was the station's unofficial photographer following an illustrious career as a photographer which started in swinging sixties London. Campbell's photographs have graced the history of the station, his 1979 big set piece 'rescue poster' of crew and boats and other local rescue services travelling around the world and becoming a regular tradition at Wells and other lifeboat stations.
If you'd like to take this opportunity for Wells' new Shannon to carry a name special to you, please visit the RNLI's Launch A Memory pages where you can enter your details. There is a suggested minimum donation of £50 and the funds wil be used to continue running the RNLI's lifesaving rescue service in Wells and at over 200 lifeboat stations around the UK.
Participants can keep up with regular updates on the progress of the new boat as she is built, tested and put into service and will have access to an on-line viewer which shows exactly where on the boat their chosen name will be placed.
Walls and floors are appearing in our new lifeboat station. See boathouse build pages for more information.
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
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.
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 24 Oct 2021 08:00
Thursday 4 Nov 2021 17:30
Monday 22 Nov 2021 18:00
Sunday 5 Dec 2021 07:45
Launch on ebb, LW recovery in Holkham bay
Monday 20 Dec 2021 17:30
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