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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

4 December 2016

Humber Coastguard paged for an immediate launch of the inshore lifeboat to assist in a search for people potentially in difficulty following the discovery of a forced entry to the beach slipway through a locked gate and tyre tracks leading into the sea. The ILB launched at 21.30 and commenced a search of the beach area and Holkham bay, with police, fire and coastguard also in attendance and searching on shore. The area was searched from Wells to Lady Anne's drive at Holkham but nothing conclusive was found. At 22.30 the ILB was stood down and was rehoused, refuelled and ready for service at 23.00

Weather Clear Visibility Good Wind SE 2 Sea Slight

10 November 2016

Wells Lifeboat and Rescue Helicopter 912 were requested to launch after a tanker reported sighting a liferaft 27 miles north of Wells. The all-weather lifeboat launched at 11.50 and proceeded towards 53°20.5'N 000°54.4'E. At 12.10 the tanker Force Fisher reported that it had managed to recover the liferaft which had no persons on-board and appeared to be from the West Sole Charlie rig.

Rescue 912 reported that West Sole Charlie is an unmanned rig and requested contact to be made via landline to ascertain whether a liferaft was missing and whether there had been people on board the rig. With difficulty reaching the right contacts, Rescue 912 then offered to divert to the rig for a visual check.

With no further cause for concern, the coastguard released the Force Fisher, Rescue 912 and Wells Lifeboat at 12.27. The lifeboat set course for home and was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 13:40.

Weather Part Cloudy Visibility Good Wind WNW 2-3 Sea Slight - Moderate

26 October 2016

Wells Inshore Lifeboat was paged at 14:23 to launch for a couple on holiday who had been cut off by the incoming tide while walking their dog on the eastern side of Scolt Head island. The ILB launched at 14:35 and arrived on scene at 14:46. The couple and their dog were transferred to the lifeboat and transported to Burnham Overy quayside at 15:05 where they were met by the local coastguard team who then returned them to their vehicle. The ILB departed the scene shortly thereafter and arrived back at the boathouse at 15:20 and was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 16:00.

Weather Cloudy Visibility Good Wind SSW 2-3 Sea Slight

Latest News

New Wells ILB 'Peter Wilcox' is named in style

Sun 9 October 2016

A service of dedication and official naming ceremony for the station's new inshore lifeboat was held today at the boathouse.

More than 200 guests and supporters of the RNLI took part in the ceremony. D-797 Peter Wilcox is the 12th D-class inshore boat to be stationed at Wells since this type of lifeboat was first introduced in the early 1960s.

The boat is named after the late Peter Wilcox, whose widow Jayne officially named her by pouring champagne over the bows.

Peter Wilcox, from Windsor in Surrey, was a keen supporter of the RNLI all his life. In his later years, he fell in love with North Norfolk and bought a holiday home in nearby Weybourne. Having supported many charities throughout his life, his ambition though was to sponsor a lifeboat. Friend, Robert Holland, who gave a reading called 'It's a Shout', said how he'd once been summoned by Peter to be told that they were going to sponsor a lifeboat. That wish came true after he had died, when, with the support of family and friends, he was chosen to sponsor the new lifeboat for Wells.

RNLI Council member, William Everard, accepted the lifeboat from Jayne Wilcox and then handed it into the care of Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Hardy, and Wells Lifeboat Station. Lifeboat Chaplain, Rev Neil Woodruff led the service of dedication.

The ceremony also had its light-hearted moments, with Fakenham Town Band playing 'Satisfaction' and 'Goodbye Ruby Tuesday', as Peter was a Stones fan. The Blakeney Old Wild Rovers and audience also sang 'Home From the Sea'.

At the end of proceedings, Lord Leicester, who is President of Wells Lifeboat, gave a vote of thanks. After being named, the lifeboat was launched and the crew showed her paces around the outer harbour. Guests were then treated to an extensive buffet and further entertainment from the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers.

  More pictures in our photo gallery... (UPDATED 14/10/16)

A packed boat hall for the naming ceremony

A packed boat hall for the naming ceremonyCM

RNLI Council Member William Everard accepts the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI

RNLI Council Member William Everard accepts the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLICM

Jayne Wilcox names the station's new inshore lifeboat D-797 'Peter Wilcox'

Jayne Wilcox names the station's new inshore lifeboat D-797 'Peter Wilcox'CM

The newly named lifeboat is launched

The newly named lifeboat is launched Martin Fish

Food afterwards with entertainment from the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers

Food afterwards with entertainment from the Blakeney Old Wild RoversMP

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Xmas Carol Service at Wells Lifeboat

Carol Service

Please join us at the boathouse for our annual Christmas carol service this Sunday 11 December, starting at 6.30pm, with Fakenham Town Band and Wells Churches Together. This event is open to all... crew, supporters and families as well as residents and visitors to the town. Refreshments will be available afterwards. If you've not been before, please be sure to dress warmly if it's a cold night and allow time to get across the beach to the boathouse from the car park.

Holiday Competition

Enjoy a coach holiday for two visiting Scottish lochs and glens... we have a holiday voucher for a break to Scotland in 2017 up for grabs. For more information and to enter a bid please click here!

Wells Shannon
Lifeboat Appeal
target reached!

After 17 months fund-raising, we reached our target to raise £250,000 towards a new Shannon-class lifeboat for Wells and the North Norfolk coast.

We are hugely grateful to everyone who has donated, fund-raised, helped and supported us both locally and from right 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 appeal

And here's just some of the people and events that helped to make it happen... thank you page

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