Saving Lives at Sea: Series 6 Episode 1

Find out more about the stories behind the rescues featured in episode 1 of Saving Lives at Sea Series 6. Featuring lifeboat crews from Porthcawl, Anstruther, Selsey and Portishead.

‘The waves that were coming towards us were getting big and powerful.’

This week’s episode opened with the rescue of a surfer by Porthcawl lifeboat crew. What does it take to be on the lifeboat during a rescue like this?  Crew member Angharad Masson explains just what it was like to be on the crew and amongst the surf during that dramatic shout.

 

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Anstruther: Stranded on the rocks

 

The second rescue showed the lifesavers at Anstruther helping a casualty with a fractured ankle. The cliffs and rocky outcrops around Anstruther are a big cause behind many of the lifeboat crew’s shouts. Watch as they help a boy cut off by the tide.

Selsey: Cut off by the tide

 

In the episode, we watched Selsey lifeboat crew rescue a father and his young children from a sandbar. Getting cut off by the tide is one of the leading causes for lifeboat shouts. Read how the crew at Looe dealt with a similar situation when two walkers became trapped by a rapidly rising tide. And remember, if you are going for a walk, always check the tide times and local signage, and always carry a means of calling for help.

 

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Looe's smaller D class and larger B class lifeboats power through blue seas to the rescue

 

Portishead: Hypothermic swimmer

 

In the final rescue of the episode, we saw how Portishead lifeboat went to the aid of a hypothermic swimmer. The sea temperatures around the UK and Ireland remain low all-year round. If you are thinking of taking up open water swimming as a hobby, read our magazine article on the subject. Make sure you watch the video below for some top safety advice by RNLI experts.

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