Carrybridge RNLI lifesavers feature in new series of Saving Lives at Sea
The volunteer lifeboat crew at Carrybridge RNLI will feature in the new series of popular TV show Saving Lives at Sea on BBC Two at 8pm next Thursday 23 November.
Featuring footage captured on helmet and lifeboat cameras, viewers watch dramatic rescues through the eyes of RNLI lifesavers while meeting the people behind the pagers and those rescued by the charity’s lifesavers.
The popular 10-part documentary is now in its eighth series and includes the lifesaving work of RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards from around Ireland and the UK.
The series is also available to watch on the BBC iPlayer following broadcast.
Including interviews with lifeboat crews and lifeguards, the series will also hear from the rescuees and their families who, thanks to the RNLI, can tell the tale.
This forthcoming episode, on Thursday 23 November, includes two rescues from Carrybridge RNLI on upper Lough Erne.
Carrybridge RNLI Helm Chris Cathcart who was on both call outs and will feature in the upcoming episode, said: ‘Our lifesaving work would not be possible without donations from the public and we are delighted to be able to share a frontline view of the rescues they support with their kind generosity.
‘This is the first time Carrybridge RNLI features on the Saving Lives at Sea series and the rescues are a good example of where our volunteers’ training, skills and experience all come to the fore in helping bring casualties and in the second case, animals, to safety. The RNLI can often carry out animal rescues which can be important in ensuring no one else puts themselves in danger in trying to rescue their own pet or animal in the water. The episode also highlights the great teamwork not just among our own volunteers but with our colleagues from the various emergency services.
‘The call for help in the first rescue comes late on a summer’s evening when the casualty has an accident with the digger he is working from and sustains a leg injury. He makes the correct decision to swiftly call for help and a multi-agency response and coordination from our own volunteers and our colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard’s Rescue 118 helicopter at Sligo, swings into action and works exactly as we train for in such situations.
‘The second call out sees us come to the rescue of a distressed cow heavily stuck in mud and with most of its body submerged in water. The police, fire service and the farmer who owns the cow all play their part as she becomes tired and weak and shivers in the cold. After several attempts, the cow is eventually brought to safety and able to stand and feed on the grass.
‘No one likes to see animals in any kind of danger and again the swift response by multiple agencies and the farmer himself, ensures a successful outcome.’
If you get inspired to volunteer with the RNLI by the series, there are a variety of roles from lifeboat crew, to fundraiser, lifeguard to shop volunteer. Fund out more at rnli.org/volunteer
Notes to Editors
- The series is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates 10 lifeboat stations in Northern Ireland and has 11 lifeguarded beaches which it operates seasonally. 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, the charity has saved over 142,200 lives.
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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