RNLI Wells lifeboat volunteers called to assist kayaker clinging to buoy

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI Wells Inshore lifeboat was tasked at 1.08pm on Thursday 14 April by H.M Coastguard to go to the assistance of a person shouting for help and clinging to a buoy in Blakeney Harbour.

Three RNLI Wells volunteer crew launch in the D class inshore lifeboat at Holkham Bay at low tide

RNLI/Ray West

Wells RNLI volunteer crew launch from Holkham Bay
The D Class Lifeboat Peter Wilcox left the Boathouse at 1.19pm, travelling by road to Holkham beach to launch on the ebbing tide as there was insufficient water in the main harbour channel.


The RNLI volunteer crew of three launched at 1.31pm and proceeded directly to Blakeney Harbour where the person in trouble had last been reported.


In the meantime, the first informant had identified their position to the Coast guard using the 'What3Words' app. Once on scene, the local Coastguard team could not locate the person in the water but identified a Kayak floating in the creeks which they subsequently recovered.


The search for the person then broadened and included checking out both Morston Hard and Blakeney Quay.


At 2.15pm the Coastguard ascertained the person had managed to get to the shore and had made their own way back home safely.


The Inshore Lifeboat was stood down at 2.16pm and proceeded for a Low Water recovery in Holkham Bay. The Inshore lifeboat was ashore at 2.35pm and was back at the Boathouse at 2.55pm. It was then sanitised, rehoused and refuelled at 3.30pm.


Wells RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Hardy, said ‘Always be prepared for any eventualities before you go afloat. Plan ahead and tell someone of your intentions and your estimated time of return. Should you find yourself in a situation of distress, but then make it back to the safety of the shore, always make sure you inform the Local Authorities / Coastguard that you are safe and well and indicate that you require no further assistance. Also provide details of any Boat, Kayak or Paddle Board etc that you have not been able to recover and is deemed to be missing at the time’.


RNLI advice for kayakers and canoers is:-

  • Always carry a means of calling for help and keep it within reach
  • wear a buoyancy aid or lifejacket.
  • check the weather and tides
  • tell someone where you’re going and when you'll be back.
    Further RNLI information for safety when kayaking or canoeing https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/kayaking-and-canoeing#

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  • Key facts about the RNLI

    The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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