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.
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Windfarm vessel Seacat Magic arrived at 14.57 and stood by until the Wells Lifeboat arrived two minutes later. The Lainey having sunk, the two casualties, wearing lifejackets and holding on to life-rings, had been in the water for over 20 minutes. They were quickly recovered onto the lifeboat and given first aid. Rescue Helicopter 912 from Humberside arrived on scene and, at 15.06, winched the two casualties up from the lifeboat for transfer to Norwich and Norfolk hospital. Both men were later able to return home.
The lifeboat returned to station at 15.50 and was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 18.00.
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Sunday morning's exercise for both Wells lifeboats was all about practicing launch and recovery on Holkham beach, which the crews have to do at low water when there is no tide to launch from or return to Wells harbour. But it marked a first for the station as it's the first time the crew has been able to wear its new Helly Hansen clothing for the all-weather lifeboat.
The RNLI has partnered with Helly Hansen for the new offshore gear, combining its own experience in kitting out lifeboat crews since 1824 with Helly Hansen's long and expert history of keeping seafarers safe and warm since 1877.
The new kit uses lightweight, breathable fabrics and a layering system to keep crew warm and dry. As well as the usual bib trousers, jacket and safety boots, each crew member now has the option of a thermal base layer and a mid-layer body warmer as well as a second lighter jacket that can be worn as a mid-layer or used as an outer layer in warmer weather.
In a departure from previous practice, each crew member now has their own kit chosen and sized especially for them and, for the first time, women crew members have clothing designed for women and cut and sized to fit properly.
There's only a subtle change to the colour though... the new kit is still yellow though it's a more lemony shade and, for the moment at least, is much cleaner and brighter than the old clothing which have served on station for many years.
Wells Lifeboat marks its 150th year as an RNLI lifeboat station this year. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution took over the provision and management of a lifeboat in Wells in 1869, building a boathouse on the quay (which is now the harbour office) and providing the 'Eliza Adams', a 32ft rowing and sailing lifeboat. Records show the town had a lifeboat, provided by the local Norfolk Shipwreck Association, as far back as 1830.
The 150th anniversary will be marked with the presentation of a vellum to the station on Saturday 13th July 2019, with an invited audience at the boathouse. In the afternoon, the public will be invited to join in and it is hoped to have both our current all-weather and inshore lifeboats along with historic and modern lifeboats on display in the outer harbour and in a flotilla up to the quay.
An exhibition about the RNLI and the history of Wells lifeboat station will be on view in the town and plans are being discussed for other related events to mark the occasion. More details will be posted when available.
We're delighted to announce that we've managed to obtain some brand new RNLI Wells flag lapel badges. These are genuine metal RNLI Lifeboats flag pin-badges with the legend Wells next the-Sea which, as anyone who has asked recently will know, are rarely available.
The badges are available at the boathouse (when open) for a minimum donation of £3. Alternatively, please send a self-addressed envelope ready-stamped with 79p postage (2nd class large letter) and a cheque for £3 (or a larger donation) payable to "Wells RNLI" to Pin Badges, RNLI Wells Lifeboat Station, Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1DR and we'd be pleased to pop one in the post to you.
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.
Friday 31 May 17:00
Sunday 9 June 10:00
ILB attending Newfoundland Dogs display
Saturday 22 June 09:00
ILB attending Norfolk Superhero Challenge
Saturday 13 July 14:30
Both boats launching for 150th anniversary flotilla
Saturday 13 July 14:00
We're delighted to announce that we've managed to obtain some brand new RNLI Wells flag lapel badges. These are genuine metal RNLI Lifeboats flag pin-badges with the legend Wells-next-the-Sea.
The badges are available at the boathouse (when open) for a minimum donation of £3. Alternatively, please send a self-addressed envelope ready-stamped with 79p postage and a cheque for £3 payable to "Wells RNLI" to Pin Badges, RNLI Wells Lifeboat Station, Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1DR and we'll pop one in the post to you.
Planning permission has been granted for a new lifeboat station at Wells to house our forthcoming Shannon-class all weather lifeboat but legal work relating to the new site has taken longer than expected and we are now hoping that building work will be able to start in September 2019. This will take around 18 months to complete so our new Shannon-class lifeboat should then come into service late in 2021.
Funding for the new lifeboat was raised 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
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