Saving Lives at Sea

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Saving Lives at Sea

Series 4 - Episode 4



After drinking roughly 20 pints on a day trip to Brighton, 45-year-old Gavin jumped into the sea off the end of the pier when his mates dared him to, for a bet. Of course, he immediately got into trouble and the lifeboat was called.

Gavin has the grace to look sheepish and apologetic in one of those after-the-event interviews as he tells the camera that the RNLI boat “looked like something out of Thunderbirds, it popped up out of nowhere”. He donated his winnings to the charity.

More seriously, a young woman falls 40 feet down a cliff on the Jurassic coast in Dorset and a German paraglider is plucked to safety after a mistranslation leads to disaster.


A lifeboat crew in Dorset faces the challenge of getting urgent medical aid to a rock climber, who has fallen more than 40 feet and landed on an inaccessible rocky ledge. In Cornwall, a paraglider misjudges his launch and ends up crashing into the sea, while the Redcar crew search for a man who has drifted over a mile offshore in a small toy dinghy.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Steven Mackintosh
Director Phil Broadhurst
Director Dominick French
Director Luke Proctor
Executive Producer Sarah Spencer
Series Producer Alex Raw
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