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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

6 November 2018
15:30

Wells inshore lifeboat launched with four crew on-board to assist emergency services attending a yacht moored out the east end in Wells.

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Wells Lifeboat approaching two crew from FV 'Lainey' in the water, 5 November 2018

Wells Lifeboat approaching two crew from FV Lainey in the water, 5 November 2018Matt Schanck

5 November 2018
14:21

UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the all-weather lifeboat to a Mayday for fishing vessel Lainey, sinking with two crew on-board approximately 6 miles north-north-west of Wells. The ALB launched at 14.30 and proceeded to the casualty position. A Belgian military helicopter, already in the area, was first on scene and dropped a liferaft into the water and then held position above the casualties to assist location.

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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18 October 2018
00:08

Police were called at 10.45pm on Tuesday 17th October after an elderly woman was seen walking out onto the marsh at Morston and was thought to have possibly entered the water. Local coastguard officers attended and the inshore lifeboat was paged just after midnight to assist in a search. The ILB launched from the boathouse and searched Morston creek and adjoining creeks as well as west along the foreshore of Blakeney pit. Shortly after 1.30am a rescue helicopter arrived to search from Morston west to Stiffkey freshes. With no-one found and no further information, the search was called off at 3am and the ILB returned to Wells on the last of the tide to be recovered at the station.

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26 September 2018
18:31

UK Coastguard requested Wells inshore lifeboat to assist a lady cut off by the incoming tide at the eastern end of Scolt Head island shortly before sunset. The lady was ferried back to the hard at Burnham Overy Staithe where she was met by local coastguard officers to ensure that all was well.

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10 September 2018
19:33

The inshore lifeboat was paged to rescue a person and dog in difficulty in the quay near high water on a big spring tide. It is understood the dog had gone overboard from the tender, which was struggling under oars against the tide, and the person had then entered the water to retrieve the dog. On arrival, both person and dog were back aboard the tender which was lodged in shallow water over the submerged marsh, with the harbour launch standing by and in conversation but unable to reach them. The ILB crew brought the tender off the marsh and returned it and its occupants to their boat, which is moored in Sluice creek, where both could get dry and warm. Once safely back on-board, the lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for service again by 20:30.

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26 August 2018
10:49

UK Coastguard requested the launch of Wells inshore lifeboat after a 999 call from four persons on a small outboard-powered open boat with engine failure drifting off Blakeney. The ILB launched on the last of the morning's tide and located the vessel at anchor approximately 3 miles east of Blakeney fairway. The boat was taken in tow into Blakeney but there was insufficient water left to take it further into the harbour than just inside the point. The boat was securely anchored and then one member of the inshore lifeboat crew escorted the four persons on foot over the sands onto the marsh and thence to Morston, to be met by local coastguards. Meanwhile, the ILB departed to avoid being grounded until the next tide, returning to Holkham beach for a low water recovery.

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Latest News

RNLI Wells flag pin badges in stock!

Fri 16 Nov 2018

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.

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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.

Thursday 27 December 09:00

Xmas Carol Service at Wells Lifeboat

Carol Service

Join us at the boathouse for our annual Christmas carol service this Sunday 16 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 and allow time to get across the beach to the boathouse from the car park. Car parking at the Beach Road is free for the event courtesy of the Holkham Estate and crew members will be on-hand to help people across the beach if needed.

Rarely available -
RNLI Wells
lapel badges!

Wells-next-the-Sea RNLI lapel pin bdage

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.

Shannon Latest

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 April 2019. This will take around 18 months to complete so our new Shannon-class lifeboat should then come into service late in 2020 or early 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

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity, registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). This website is managed and maintained by local volunteers at Wells-next-the-Sea Lifeboat Station and is not the main RNLI site. All text and images copyright (C)2005-2014 RNLI Wells Lifeboat Station, or as indicated, and may not be downloaded, copied or reproduced elsewhere without prior permission of the station or the relevant copyright holder. Site Manager