When teenager Alex suffered a serious back injury in a watersports accident, volunteer crew from Courtown Lifeboat Station rushed to her aid. They kept Alex afloat and flat in the water for 40 minutes until a helicopter arrived. Without them, Alex could have suffered life-changing injuries or, worse, drowned.
It took more than the efforts of the volunteer crew to save Alex that day. Behind each rescue is a community of volunteers. From station managers to shop volunteers, from launch tractor drivers to fundraisers, and more. All of them are helping to save lives.
Saving Lives at Sea, series 3
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