Saving Lives at Sea is back for its fourth series! Once again, camera crews have been visiting lifeboat stations and lifeguarded beaches across the UK and Ireland to discover some of the stories behind the rescues. So you can expect more dramatic footage, emotional rescues, and hear what it’s like to be a lifesaver straight from the mouths of RNLI crew members and lifeguards.
The series airs Tuesday nights on BBC Two at 8pm. But schedules can change, so to be kept up to date on when the next episode is airing, follow us on Facebook or Twitter You can also catch up on any episode you’ve missed by watching Saving Lives at Sea on BBC iPlayer.
Ieuan Walmsley, Porthcawl Lifeboat Station
‘I joined the crew on my 17th birthday almost 2 years ago. My dad’s been on the crew for over 20 years so I’m following in his footsteps. I’m closing in on 50 shouts since I joined.
‘We’re normally busy, but it has picked up a lot. Our shouts build up during the summer season. But we’ve had a busy winter and spring this year. It’s not rare for the pager to go off four, maybe five times a day at the weekend.
‘Because we’ve got such a close-knit team, you know if you have any problems, you’ll be able to talk to anyone about it. It does take a lot of pressure off your shoulders. I’ve spoken with some of my mates about some of the things I’ve seen and done, and they’ve said: “I wouldn’t be able to deal with that.”
‘It feels really good to know my actions have saved lives.’
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Where can I watch it?
You can watch Saving Lives at Sea every Tuesday on BBC Two at 8pm. Timings can change at short notice, so make sure to follow our social channels to be kept up to date.
I've missed an episode. Are they on catch-up?
Each episode will be on BBC iPlayer for up to 4 weeks from when they are first aired. You need to be a TV licence holder and watching in the UK to access BBC iPlayer.
Where can I find out more about the rescues in each episode?
Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter, where we will be sharing all sorts of extra information and behind-the-scenes content for each episode. You can also join the conversation by using #SavingLivesAtSea when you post online.
How can I get involved with the RNLI?
Visit our volunteering pages to find out more about all the different ways you can support the RNLI. From lifeboat crews, to school visitors, shop workers to tractor drivers, there are opportunities for you to help save lives at sea.
Where can I hear more stories about RNLI lifesavers?
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