Douglas RNLI lifesavers feature in new series of Saving Lives at Sea documentary

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crew from Douglas will feature in the brand new series of popular BBC Two programme Saving Lives at Sea next week.

Two lifeboat crew members in front of the Douglas lifeboat wearing lifejackets

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Douglas RNLI Volunteer crew

Featuring footage captured on helmet cameras, the primetime documentary series lets viewers witness rescues through the eyes of the RNLI lifesavers while meeting the people behind the pagers.

The popular 10-part documentary is now in its seventh series and includes the lifesaving work of RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crews from around the UK and Ireland.

The series is broadcast at 8pm on BBC Two and will also be available on BBC iPlayer following broadcast.

Including interviews with lifeboat crews and lifeguards, the series will also hear from the rescuees and their families who are here to tell the tale, thanks to the RNLI.

The forthcoming episode, on 1 September, includes Douglas RNLI going to the aid of a fishing boat that had suffered an engine fire. The two crew on the 16m fishing boat had advised the Coastguard that they had been able to extinguish a fire in their engine but were now immobile approximately five miles south east of Douglas and required assistance.

Edd Christian, one of the volunteer Coxswain at Douglas who will feature in the upcoming episode, says:

‘Following our fellow station at Port St Mary featuring this week, we look forward to continuing with another story from our Island. Our lifesaving work would not be possible without donations from the public, and we are proud to be able to represent the Isle of Man for the second time the series.’

In 2021, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland aided 12,903 people, saving 296 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards aided 18,180 people and saved 112 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

Notes to Editors

  • The series is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.

Media contacts

For more information please contact [email protected], Lifeboat Press Officer – Douglas

Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email [email protected].

One man and one woman holding helmets in front of the sea

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Douglas RNLI Volunteer crew
Two lifeboat crew members in front of the lifeboat carrying helmets

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Douglas RNLI Volunteer crew
Four member of Douglas RNLI crew standing in front of the lifeboat in full kit

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Douglas RNLI Volunteer crew

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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Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.