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Fraserburgh RNLI lifesavers feature in new series of Saving Lives at Sea

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat crew from Fraserburgh will feature in the new series of popular TV show Saving Lives at Sea on BBC Two this Thursday 26 October 2023.

RNLI/Billy Watson

The shout from Fraserburgh which is in the episode is ‘Man on Rocks’ and features Vic Sutherland and Jason Flett.

Featuring footage captured on helmet and boat 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 lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crews from around the UK and Ireland.

The series began on Thursday 28 September at 8pm on BBC Two and is also available on BBC iPlayer following broadcast.

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

This forthcoming episode, on 26 October, includes Fraserburgh RNLI rescue of a man whose small boat ran aground on rocks near Rosehearty alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.

The shout from Fraserburgh which is in the episode is ‘Man on Rocks’ and features Vic Sutherland and Jason Flett.

Vic Sutherland, full time Coxswain/Mechanic at Fraserburgh RNLI who 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 third time that Fraserburgh RNLI have featured on Saving Lives at Sea.

In 2022, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland launched 9,312 times, saving 389 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards aided 23,204 people and saved 117 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

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. Find out more at

Notes to Editors

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

Fraserburgh lifeboat station has been operating since 1858. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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Stuart Fenty, Lifeboat Press Officer, [email protected]

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

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

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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