RNLI saving crew by the beach

'We're not the only volunteers who save lives at sea'

The rescues captured in BBC Two’s Saving Lives at Sea are only possible because of our volunteers – in all kinds of roles. Could you be one of them?


Saving Alex

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.

Get Involved

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Volunteer vacancies
Do something extraordinary. Volunteer with the RNLI. Find out what you can do by checking out our volunteer vacancies.
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Quick ways to support us
If you’d like to support us but only have limited time, here are some quick, easy ways you can help.
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Become a member
You’re never too young, or old, to join our family of lifesavers. We have a membership option to suit you.
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Leave a legacy
Help our brave volunteers to save more lives by leaving a gift in your Will.
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Head and shoulders of Alex who was featured in Saving Lives at Sea, on the right of the picture looking at the camera with head slightly turned, and sea in the background

Photo: RNLI/Jimmy Young

Watch Alex’s rescue and catch up on all the latest episodes of Saving Lives at Sea on BBC iPlayer

Saving Lives at Sea,     series 3

Saving Lives at Sea returns to BBC Two at 8pm on Tuesday 21 August. Episode 2 airs later that week at 8pm on Thursday 23 August. Following that, tune in weekly at 8pm on Tuesdays to catch each episode of our most exciting series yet!

Missed an episode? Don’t panic – you can catch up on BBC iPlayer