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Hundreds visit Wells RNLI Lifeboat Station on their open day

Lifeboats News Release

Wells RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew, shorehelpers and fundraisers had a busy day on the beach at the weekend with an estimated 400 people visiting their lifeboat station open day

Wells inshore lifeboat launching during the open day


Wells inshore lifeboat launching during the open day

The planned demonstrations with the inshore lifeboat had to be cancelled as the volunteer crew were called to assist a total of 22 people and a dog in 6 separate incidents between Wells, Brancaster and Titchwell.

From 12 midday to 5pm on Sunday 20 August, Wells RNLI Lifeboat Station opened its doors to the public and more than 400 visitors came to meet the crew and see the boats.

Families were treated to a guided tour of the all weather lifeboat and were entertained by crew members' tales of rescues.

Coxswain Allen Frary said that it had been a really successful day and thanked the public for showing up and supporting the work that the volunteer crew at Wells do. He added: 'It was a pity that the launch and recovery demonstrations with the inshore lifeboat) had to be cancelled but we are an operational station and that became very clear to everyone when the boat had to launch for real.

The first 'shout' was to assist a group of people cut off by the tide on the west side of Wells channel on Holkham beach. This was swiftly followed by an incident at Brancaster near the golf club and yet another at Titchwell. On returning to Wells more people were observed to be cut off by the tide and, by the time the inshore lifeboat made it back to the boathouse, 2 hours later, 22 people and 1 dog had been helped to safety.

RNLI media contacts

  • Peter Rainsford, Chairman Wells RNLI, 01328 711463, 07789 967 255
  • John Mitchell, Wells RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07831 103166,
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825,
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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