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'Saving Lives at Sea' features Hartlepool RNLI paddleboarder and dog rescue

Lifeboats News Release

A paddleboarder and her dog rescued by the Hartlepool RNLI are set to appear on the first episode of the latest 'Saving Lives at Sea' series and is due to be screened on Thursday 28th September at 8.00pm on BBC 2.

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Reunited. Nikki Featherstone and her Chihuahua 'Remy' pictured with Hartlepool RNLI crewmember Ken Hay.
Hartlepool RNLI inshore helm Ken Hay and crewmembers Jordan Craddy and Colm Simpson were quick to respond to their pagers and were soon heading out to sea last November to assist paddleboarder Nikki Featherstone and her Chihuahua 'Remy' who were being blown out to sea from the sandy car park area of Seaton Carew.

Ken Hay said "Im really looking forward to seeing the episode as I'm sure my crewmates are. No doubt we will get a bit of stick from the other crew for our performance on the telly but I do remember Nikki was obviously very cold and a bit shaken by the event but did the right thing by ringing the Coastguard and staying with her board. She was very apologetic for having to call us out but we were glad to help and bring the incident to a safe conclusion."

Nikki said at the time "I'm really grateful to the RNLI crew who were amazing and I'd just like to say the biggest thanks to all of them."

The popular 10-part documentary, now in its eighth series, includes the lifesaving work of the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews from around the UK and Ireland.

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

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In safe hands. Two year old Chihuahua 'Remy' aboard the Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat.

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