Rhyl RNLI to feature in TV documentary series

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer lifeboat crew of Rhyl RNLI will be on TV screens twice this month, as they feature in the penultimate and final episodes of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea, which showcases the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

ILB crew featuring in service on Saving Lives at Sea, BBC2 18/10/2017.


Andy Wilde (L) and Callum Robinson (R) ILB crew SLAS S2 Episode 11

The 12-part documentary series is being shown on BBC Two on Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm,and also on Tuesday October 31. The documentary features real rescues carried out by the charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland, including Rhyl RNLI.

From the remote and rugged coastline of Aith in the Shetlands, to the packed sands of Woolacombe in Devon, the series gives a unique insight into the lives and work of the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew members and lifeguards, who rescue thousands of people and save hundreds of lives around our coastline and on the River Thames every year.

Following the success of the four-part first series, which was broadcast last year, this series features more episodes and more real-life rescue footage, accompanied by heart-warming and emotive testimonials from the crew, lifeguards and the people they rescue.

This forthcoming episode on Wednesday 18 October, sees Rhyl RNLI inshore lifeboat crew saving a young man after he had jumped off a stolen boat at sea; and the episode on Tuesday 31 October sees the crew of the All-weather lifeboat evacuating an injured man from a local charter fishing boat; alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.
At the end of the final episode on October 31, the crew will be live online on Facebook, to answer any questions you may have,regarding the work of the RNLI and Rhyl station in particular.

The series has been filmed over the past year, with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited.

Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued 8,643 people, saving 431 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards responded to 17,414 incidents and saved 127 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

The last episodes of Saving Lives at Sea are scheduled to be broadcast on 17,18 and 31 October on BBC Two at 8pm. The series is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.

Notes to Editors

  • RNLI crew members who feature in the series are available for interview. Please contact RNLI PR on the numbers below to arrange interviews.

Media contacts

For more information please contact Rhyl RNLI volunteer Press Officer Paul Frost MBE on 07894 105165, or the RNLI's Media Relations manager, Chris Cousens, on 07748 265496.].

AWB crew featuring in service on Saving Lives at Sea, BBC2 31/10/2017.


Tara Elliot (L), Andrew Wilde (C) and Callum Robinson (R) , part of crew on SLAS , S2 episode 12

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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