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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

18 June 2017

UK Coastguard requested the inshore lifeboat to assist the small power vessel Loose Cannon with 2 persons onboard with machinery failure west of Blakeney Point. The ILB was already afloat attending a Guild fundraising event at Wells quayside and diverted to the incident. Arriving on scene at 13:31 the ILB began a tow to Morston Creek where the casualty vessel was safely moored at 14:00. Departing at 14:02, the ILB returned to station at 14:29 and was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 14:55

Weather Part cloudy Visibility Good Wind NW 2 Sea Slight

25 May 2017

UK Coastguard contacted the station after receiving a report from a concerned member of the public stating that a person looked to be cut off by the tide on the west side of the harbour channel in the vicinity of the harbour entrance. The ILB crew were paged at 16:25 but as they were preparing to launch, the reported casualty was observed from the boathouse to have taken to a kayak and was in no imminent danger. The crew were stood down at 16:35 without launching.

Weather Part Cloudy Visibility Good Wind SE 3 Sea Slight

15 May 2017

UK Coastguard requested an ILB launch to assist police and local coastguard teams in a search for two persons reported missing in the vicinity of Blakeney Point. The crew were paged at 12:26 with the ILB launching from the boathouse at 12:38. With conflicting information being received, the lifeboat began a shore-line search eastward from Blakeney harbour entrance at 12:50 but was subsequently stood down when the two persons were found to be safe ashore. Returning to station at 13:15, the ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 13:45.

Weather Part Cloudy Visibility Good Wind S 4/5 Sea Slight

1 May 2017

An initial launch request for both the ALB and ILB was received from UK Coastguard at 10:58 to assist a capsized sailing yacht with three occupants who were having difficulty righting the craft in a moderate easterly wind and fast ebbing tide. With the casualty visible from the boathouse it was agreed with the Coastguard that it would only require the launch of the ILB. The crew were paged at 11:02. Arriving on scene a few minutes after launching at 11:06 the ILB, with the assistance of the harbour launch also in attendance, beached the yacht with the three occupants and began the process of righting and then de-rigging the vessel after discovering damage to the mast. At 11:25 the ILB towed the casualty vessel to the town's sailing club slipway for recovery. The ILB was released to return to station at 11:50 and was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service by 12:20.

Weather Part Cloudy Visibility Good Wind ENE 4 Sea Slight

11 April 2017

Pinewoods Caravan Park security contacted the Coxswain at 18:43 to say they had received a report from a member of the public that three persons and two dogs appeared to be cut off by the tide on the marsh edge south east of the boathouse. After observation by the Coxswain, the UK Coastguard were informed of the situation and subsequently a launch request was received. The ILB crew were paged at 18:58. As the crew were mustering at the boathouse, a small inflatable tender was observed to have collected two of the casualties and was attempting to row across the channel on a strong flood tide to the main sea defence but was making slow headway. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 19:06 to find the tender with three occupants on-board had managed to get ashore safely. The ILB then went to collect the remaining person and dogs from the marsh edge. With the party reunited and handed into the care of the local Coastguard Rescue Team the ILB returned to station at 19:21 was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 19:38.

Weather Part Cloudy Visibility Good Wind W 3/4 Sea Calm

Latest News

Westminster to Wells cycle ride for Lifeboat Fund

Tue 23 May 2017

Jon and Claire Davies with some of the crew at the end of their 5 day ride from London

Jon and Claire Davies with some of the crew at the end of their 5 day ride from London

Jon and Claire Davies who both work at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London cycled from Westminster to Wells to raise money for the Lifeboat Fund as part of its 150th Anniversary Appeal to contribute over £1m towards the cost of our forthcoming new Shannon-class lifeboat. The ride started on Friday 19th May at Tower RNLI on the Thames and covered over 250 miles cycling to Southwold, Lowestoft and Norwich before arriving in Wells today. Jon and Claire were welcomed by some of the crew and both boats on display behind the boathouse.

The ride has so far raised almost £1000 for the Lifeboat Fund's appeal which with widespread support from civil service personnel and others across the country stands at £890,000. We are grateful for their support as well as the contributions of all those who've donated to or fund raised for the appeal.

You can see some pictures from the ride on Jon and Claire's on Twitter at @jonandclaired and read more or contribute to their effort at the link below.

  Jon and Claire's JustGiving page

Shannon update

Fri 24 Feb 2017

Skegness' new Shannon lifeboat 13-17 arriving in Skegness on 28th January

Skegness' new Shannon lifeboat 13-17 arriving in Skegness on 28th January

Relief Shannon-class lifeboat 13-07 making a brief visit to Wells (5/2/17)

Relief Shannon-class lifeboat 13-07 making a brief visit to Wells (5/2/17)

Shannon class 13-07 approaching Wells harbour (5/2/17)

Shannon class 13-07 approaching Wells harbour (5/2/17)

Relief Shannon-class lifeboat 13-07 Reg made a flying visit to Wells earlier this month while on passage from Skegness to Lowestoft, with a crew led by Lowestoft Coxswain John Fox. Volunteers from Wells crew were invited aboard to examine the boat and her equipment.

The lifeboat had been in Skegness to assist in crew training as the station changed over from its Mersey class 12-008 Lincolnshire Poacher to a new Shannon class boat. The new boat 13-17 Joel and April Grunnill arrived in Skegness on 28th January after a four day passage from Poole, and officially went into service as Skegness lifeboat last week.

Work continues in Wells with plans and preparation for a new boathouse to house our forthcoming Shannon lifeboat, with an environmental study into the new building having been completed.

Surge tide 13/1/17

Sun 15 Jan 2017

Clearing up after the surge tide

Clearing up after the surge tide

Surge tides and stormy conditions on Friday passed without major incident in Wells though there was more serious damage just along the coast at Cley nature reserve and Salthouse. As is usual for potential flood conditions, a volunteer skeleton crew stood by the lifeboats from the early hours of Friday morning and again from mid afternoon for the evening's larger tide in case the boats were required as the boathouse may get cut off. The doors to the boathouse are opened and pinned back to prevent damage and allow the boats to be launched if necessary, allowing the tide to wash through the building. Today's planned exercise was cancelled so the crew could help clear out sand and shingle that had been dumped by the tide through the boathall.

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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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