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

Lifeboats News Release

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers from Poole will feature in the new series of popular TV show Saving Lives at Sea on BBC Two next week.


Poole volunteers locate a paddleboard with nobody on it
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.

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 forthcoming episode, which airs on Thursday 5 October on BBC Two at 8pm, includes Poole RNLI volunteers as they search for two missing paddleboarders, alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.

Huggy Huggins, volunteer crew at Poole who will feature in the upcoming episode, said: ‘You’ll see Poole volunteers launch into action as darkness falls after multiple 999 calls were made reporting two paddleboarders in difficulty. On arriving at the location just outside the harbour, we couldn’t see them, so the pressure was on to find them.

‘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.’

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

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


Poole volunteers heading to the location of the missing paddleboarders


L-R Steve Nelson, Dave Riley, Tom Elton and Huggy Huggins who feature in the latest episode

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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