RNLI Swanage to feature in new series of popular TV documentary "Saving lives at sea". Tues 17 Sept, 8pm, BBC2
The volunteer lifeboat crew of Swanage RNLI will be taking to the small screen on Tuesday 17th September as they feature in the fourth episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea.
Now in its fourth season, the documentary series, which showcases the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), will be aired on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8pm, as well as being available on the BBC iPlayer following broadcast. The new 10-part series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland – including Swanage RNLI.
Each programme gives a unique insight into the lives and work of the charity’s lifesavers who are needed more than ever before, rescuing thousands of people and saving hundreds of lives around our coastline and on inland waterways every year. The new series features more dramatic real-life rescue footage, accompanied by emotive testimonials from the volunteer crews, lifeguards and the people they rescue and their families.
This forthcoming episode, on 17th September, sees Swanage RNLI assisting a fallen climber, alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.
Gavin Steeden, Helm of the Swanage inshore lifeboat featured in the forthcoming episode, says: ‘It’s great to see the work we do on TV like this. We’re always grateful for the support we get from the public as we rely on donations to do what we do, so it great that all our supporters now get to see, from the comfort and safety of their own front rooms, exactly how they help us save lives.’
Filming took place over the past year, with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited, and we get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the thousands of men and women who give up their time to save lives.
Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued 9,412 people, saving 211 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards aided 32,207 people and saved 118 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.
Saving Lives at Sea began on Tuesday 27 August at 8pm on BBC Two, and will continue throughout August, September and October.