Saving Lives at Sea

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Saving Lives at Sea

Series 3 - Episode 4



There’s dramatic and very queasy head-cam footage of a rescue near Brighton as a lifeboat crew heads to the aid of a yacht in trouble. At first it looks like a routine tow-in to the harbour, but there’s suddenly a heaving swell and both boats are pitched and battered, with the lifeboat actually hitting the other vessel.

It’s a frightening, exhausting time for the RNLI crew and eventually another, bigger lifeboat has to be called in to help as the skipper fears his own men could be at risk.

Elsewhere a labrador is rescued after a cliff fall, and two women who’ve spent 20 minutes swimming to a stricken dinghy are worryingly borderline hypothermic.


The crew of the small fishing village of Howth respond to an emergency call from a family on a local beach, where a teenage girl on a sailing dinghy has capsized and is now being swept out into the Irish Sea. In Brighton, the crew are called out to what they think is just a routine job - towing a yacht that has lost power back to harbour - but a sudden spring squall and mountainous waves leave them fighting to save the yacht and themselves from being dashed on the shore.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Steven Mackintosh
Director Phil Broadhurst
Director Luke Proctor
Director Louis Grover
Editor Martin Thompson
Executive Producer Sarah Spencer
Series Producer Alex Raw
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