Saving Lives at Sea: Series 6 Episode 5

Find out more about the stories and stations featured in episode 5 of Saving Lives at Sea series 6, with lifesavers from Trearddur Bay, Fistral Beach, Appledore and New Brighton.  

‘In the 20 years I’ve been on the crew, I have never encountered seas like that’

In the first nail-biting rescue of this episode, the Trearddur Bay lifeboat crew launched into very difficult conditions to save a surfer who was fighting for her life. Hear from Helm Lee Duncan and Tractor Driver Mark Smith, who share more about this incredibly challenging rescue.

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Fistral Beach: Caught in a rip current

Next, we saw RNLI lifeguards rescue a woman from a dangerous rip current on Fistral Beach. Rips are strong currents that can drag you out to sea. They are a major cause of drowning across the world. Do you know how to spot one?

Appledore: Stuck in the mud

In this episode, we also saw volunteers from Appledore Lifeboat Station rescue a woman who had become stuck in the mud, the tide rising around her. Read how the hovercraft crew at Hoylake Lifeboat Station faced a similar situation and raced against time to save two women and the eight dogs they were walking. 

Hoylake RNLI’s rescue hovercraft is on wet sand with crew members onboard

Photo: David Edwards

New Brighton: Stranded swimmers

In the final rescue of this episode, New Brighton lifeboat volunteers went to the aid of two exhausted swimmers who were clinging to a marker post in the water. In this video, survivor Daisy tells a similar story of how Hunstanton RNLI rescued her and her sisters just in time. 

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