Mumbles Lifeboat to feature in TV documentary series
The volunteer lifeboat crew of the Mumbles RNLI will be on TV screens this week as they feature in the latest episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea, which showcases the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
The 12-part documentary series is being shown on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8pm and features real rescues carried out by the charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland, including The Mumbles 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.
This forthcoming episode, on Tuesday sees The Mumbles crew scrambling over Gower cliffs to rescue a fallen climber alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.
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.
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.
Saving Lives at Sea is broadcast weekly on Tuesdays until Tuesday 31 October on BBC Two at 8pm. The series is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.
Key facts about the RNLI
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 over 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.