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Wirral RNLI lifesavers feature in new series of BBC’s Saving Lives at Sea

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat crews from Hoylake and New Brighton will feature in the first episode of the new series of popular TV show Saving Lives at Sea when it airs on BBC Two next week.


Hoylake and New Brighton RNLI crews will feature in the first episode of the new series in a mud rescue alongside partner agencies

Featuring footage captured on helmet and boat cameras, viewers can watch dramatic rescues through the eyes of RNLI crews 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 launches on Thursday 28 September at 8pm on BBC Two and will 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, thanks to RNLI lifesavers, are here to tell the tale.

This first episode on Thursday 28 September includes Hoylake and New Brighton RNLI crews in the rescue of a lone walker trapped in mud on a dangerous stretch of the Sefton coast, which saw a major multi-agency response from the emergency services. The dramatic incident is included alongside rescue stories from other RNLI stations and beaches around our coasts.

Dave Noble, volunteer crew member at Hoylake RNLI who features in the upcoming episode, said: ‘Our lifesaving work would not be possible without donations from the public and we’re really delighted to be able to share a frontline view of the rescues they support with their generosity.’

‘We hope audiences enjoy seeing how our crew worked closely with colleagues at New Brighton RNLI, the coastguard, fire and ambulance services to bring someone from danger. It’s a privilege to be featured and to talk about the amazing work of everyone involved in 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 available from lifeboat crew and fundraiser to lifeguard and shop volunteer. Find out more at

Notes to Editors

Saving Lives At Sea is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.

Media contacts

For more information please contact:

Dan Whiteley, Hoylake RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on [email protected] or 07799 851 316

Lauren Francom, New Brighton RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on [email protected] or 07850 449 080

Connor Wray, New Brighton RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, on [email protected] or 07756 553 092

Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07771 941 390 or email [email protected]

RNLI Press Office on [email protected] or 01202 336789

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New Brighton RNLI crew head back to station to be washed down

RNLI/Mike Stannard

The rescue featured saw the RNLI crews working alongside Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Coastguard Rescue Teams, and the North West Ambulance Service

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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