Portishead RNLI Lifesavers to feature in new series of Saving Lives At Sea

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer lifeboat crew of Portishead RNLI will be taking to the small screen next week as they feature in the first episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea.

Portishead volunteers spot the casualty in the water

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

Portishead volunteers spot the casualty in the water
Real life rescue footage captured on their helmet cameras gives a frontline view of how the charity’s lifesavers risk their own lives as they go to the aid of those in danger at sea and strive to save every one.

Now in its sixth series, the 10-part documentary showcases the lifesaving work of the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards from around the UK and Ireland. The series will air on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8pm, as well as being available on BBC iPlayer following broadcast.

Real rescue footage is accompanied by emotive interviews from the volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards alongside the people they rescue and their families.

This forthcoming episode, on 24 August, sees Portishead RNLI launch to an exhausted swimmer in the Bristol Channel, alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.

Ian Lazenby, Helm from Portishead RNLI lifeboat crew featured in the forthcoming episode, says:

‘It's great that we can showcase the lifesaving work of RNLI volunteers in a TV programme like this. Without the generous support and donations from the public, we wouldn’t be able to save lives at sea and it’s great to be able to share what we do with our supporters from the comfort of their own home’

During 2020, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland aided 8,374 people, saving 239 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards aided 25,172 people and saved 110 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

Saving Lives at Sea begins on 24 August at 8pm on BBC Two and will continue throughout September and October.

Notes to Editors

  • The series is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.
  • All images are ©PortisheadRNLI

Media contacts

For more information, please contact Helen Lazenby (volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer) at helen_lazenby@rnli.org.uk or Scott Eggins (volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer) scott_eggins@rnli.org.uk.
Alternatively, please call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

Portishead RNLI volunteers launch with best speed to the swimmer in difficulty

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

Portishead RNLI volunteers launch with best speed to the swimmer in difficulty

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 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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