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New TV series about the RNLI coming soon

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Joanna Dey
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Lifeboats News Release

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A brand new TV series called Saving Lives at Sea is set to air soon on BBC One all about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s volunteer lifeboat crew.

A brand new TV series called Saving Lives at Sea is set to air soon on BBC One all about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s volunteer lifeboat crew. Filmed over the course of several months at eight different lifeboat stations across the UK, the series portrays what life is like for those volunteers who must be ready at any time of day or night to help someone in trouble at sea or on the River Thames.
Stations included in the filming are Blackpool, Torbay, Tower, Oban, Newquay, Eastbourne and Brighton, whose volunteers have over the past year allowed specialist cameras and equipment onto their lifeboats and welcomed film makers into their stations.
The series is a moving, real-life snapshot of the work that over 4,700 RNLI volunteers are prepared to do 24-hours a day at over 230 lifeboat stations around the waters of the UK and Ireland. The audience will follow real-life rescue situations from the perspective of a lifeboat crew member, understand the importance of community and family support to lifeboat volunteers and the poignant reasons behind why people from all walks of life volunteer to put their lives on the line to save others.
Individuals and their stories were also filmed at stations including the Mumbles, Abersoch and New Quay in Wales. Volunteer crew member Elissa Thursfield from Abersoch Lifeboat Station said: ‘It’s great to have been involved in this project and I’m really proud that our station is included. I hope that people who watch it will get a little more understanding about what RNLI volunteers do and why they do it.
‘The whole Abersoch crew are looking forward to watching the series and giving viewers a small insight into what we do.’
The series forms part of a special volunteering season by the BBC called Do Something Great.
Leesa Harwood, Community Lifesaving and Fundraising Director says: ‘We’re excited and proud to be involved in the BBC’s Do Something Great season and to have the opportunity to showcase the work of our courageous volunteers on BBC One.
Last year alone our courageous lifeboat crews rescued almost 8,000 people and saved 348 lives, while over 20,000 people across the UK and Ireland volunteer their time to raise the funds that enable our crews to continue their lifesaving work.
We hope that lots of people tune in, enjoy the series and learn more about our lifesaving charity.’
Saving Lives at Sea will be shown on BBC One later this spring.

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Key facts about the RNLI

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 Republic of Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland