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Saving Lives at Sea - Series 7 Episode 4

Find out more about the stories and stations featured in series 7 episode 4 of Saving Lives at Sea, with rescues from Fraserburgh, Portishead, Bundoran, and Porthcawl.

In this video, you’re welcome onboard for a closer look at a Trent class, as Oban Lifeboat Station Coxswain Ally Cerexhe gives us a tour of their lifeboat.

Portishead: Cliff fall

Portishead’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat during a training exercise

Credit: Nicholas Leach

Portishead’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat powers to the rescue of a man who had fallen from a cliff

We also saw the volunteers at Portishead RNLI launch to help a man who had slipped down a cliff while looking for his dog.

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Bundoran: Caught in a rip

Bundoran’s B class lifeboat powers out to sea, with four crew members aboard


The crew launches to a family dragged out by a rip current

In Bundoran, RNLI crews launched to a teenage girl being pulled out to sea in a rip current. Meanwhile, a member of the public had bravely jumped in to rescue her with a lifebuoy. Fighting a big swell and spray, the volunteers pulled the girl and man into the lifeboat to safety.

Over in Mawgan Porth, lifeguards raced to the rescue of a swimmer caught in a rip.

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Porthcawl: Doggy paddle

Ollie the spaniel aboard Porthcawl’s inshore lifeboat


Porthcawl head to the rescue of Ollie the spaniel

Then we saw the crew at Porthcawl launch their D class lifeboat twice in a day to search for Ollie the springer spaniel. On their second launch, they found him safe and well, having been spotted by a kayaker.

Looking for more dog rescues?

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Fraserburgh: Missing fisherman

Fraserburgh’s Trent class lifeboat leaving the harbour at night

Credit: RNLI/Billy Watson

Fraserburgh’s Trent class lifeboat leaves the harbour to search for a missing fisherman

And finally, we saw the volunteer crew at Fraserburgh RNLI heading out in the pitch black to search for a fisherman who hadn’t yet returned home. They were joined by lifeboats from Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Macduff, as well as two Coastguard rescue helicopters, local Coastguard teams and the police.

Our crews are ready to respond in any weather, at any time of the day or night. Learn more about the equipment that keeps them safe while they coordinate search and rescue in the dark.

Search and rescue in the dark

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