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.
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The inshore lifeboat arrived at Blakeney harbour at 17:05 and with very little water in the channel, landed a crew member with a handheld VHF who started walking inwards towards the old lifeboat station. After several passes of the harbour, the fixed wing aircraft was able to locate the person and then direct the lifeboat crew member to her location approximately 3/4 mile further in to the harbour. The lifeboat crew member reached the person at 17:27 and ascertained that she was well and then guided her on foot through the harbour and over the marsh to the coastguard at the old lifeboat house. The local coastguards were then able to bring lady back off the point to the safety of the mainland at Blakeney. The lifeboat crew member made his way back to the lifeboat which then returned to station at 18:30 on the first of the flood tide. The lifeboat was rehoused and refuelled by 19:21.
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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 Launch A Memory scheme that allows people to remember a loved one by including their name in the decals on our new lifeboat has proved hugely popular. We're delighted to announce that the new boat, due now late in 2022, will now carry dedications in the black lettering RNLI 13-46 on the wheelhouse roof, as well as the large white lettering on both sides of the hull. This creates room for an additional 5000 names and you can celebrate a loved one by making a dedication and donation on the Launch A Memory website below.
Please see our updated our frequently asked questions page if you have any queries or contact the Launch A Memory team by e-mail or telephone on 0300 3000061.Add your loved one's name to our new lifeboat here...
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.
Steady progress has been made with the new lifeboat station building. 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.
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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