South West RNLI lifeboat stations to feature in series 4 of Saving Lives at Sea
Volunteer lifeboat crew from several south west RNLI lifeboat stations will taking to the small screen over the coming weeks as they feature in series 4 of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea which starts tonight (Tuesday 27 August).
The documentary series, which showcases the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), will be aired on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8pm starting this evening, as well as being available on the BBC iPlayer following broadcast.
The new 10-part series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland. Lifeboat stations in the south west featuring in the programme include Salcombe, St Agnes, Newquay, Ilfracombe, Minehead, Lyme Regis, Appledore and Portishead.
Each programme gives a unique insight into the lives and work of the charity’s lifesavers who are needed more than ever before, rescuing thousands of people and saving hundreds of lives around our coastline and on inland waterways every year. The new series features more dramatic real-life rescue footage, accompanied by emotive testimonials from the volunteer crews, lifeguards and the people they rescue and their families.
Filming took place 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, and we get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the thousands of men and women who give up their time to save lives.
Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued 9,412 people, saving 211 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards aided 32,207 people and saved 118 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.
Saving Lives at Sea begins on Tuesday 27 August at 8pm on BBC Two, and will continue throughout August, September and October.
Notes to Editors
The series is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.
For more information please contact Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email email@example.com.
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, in a normal year, 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.