Saving Lives at Sea

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Saving Lives at Sea

Series 4 - Episode 7



It’s remarkable that this series can still blindside you. Tonight’s first “shout” is a seemingly mundane scenario off Blyth, Northumberland: the lifeboat crew see hands waving and move confidently towards them, but when they get there, it’s just flat ocean. Are they a moment too late?

That dread intensifies as we visit the Thames near Teddington. It’s 1.30am and the search is on for someone who has jumped into the river on purpose. As a long, increasingly hopeless trawl of the inky water continues, the understated emotion of the volunteers, their voices wavering ever so slightly as they recall similar cases with the worst possible outcome, is deeply moving.


The RNLI volunteers at Lough Ree Lifeboat Station race to the rescue of the last inhabitant of a remote island. On the north-east coast of England, the Blyth crew races to find a kayaker in trouble in the North Sea, while at Tower station in Central London, a dog is trapped by the tide on the River Thames.

Cast & Crew

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