Saving Lives at Sea

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Saving Lives at Sea

Series 4 - Episode 8



“Medical jobs aren’t unusual, but I’d never been called out to help someone who suspects he’s having a stroke,” Southampton RNLI’s Mike says about a recent emergency call. He reveals how they grade illness: Little Sick, when the crew can treat the casualty and Big Sick, which needs urgent professional medical help. This was a Big Sick situation, requiring the scrambling of the air rescue helicopter and some nail-biting manoeuvres to position the lifeboat under the hovering winchman.

We also join the Thurso crew as they rescue an elderly sea kayaker and the Kinsale crew as they’re called out to help a horse stuck in rapidly rising river water. Fortunately, crew member Michael turns out to be a bit of a horse whisperer, although he shrugs this skill off: “We got lucky,” he says modestly.


RNLI volunteers at Calshot on the south coast race to the rescue of a 180-metre-long cargo ship which has run aground on a sandbank, and is now listing at a dangerous angle. At the most northerly lifeboat station on the British mainland, the crew gets called out to investigate a personal locator beacon which has been set off on a remote stretch of rocky coastline, and in Kinsale, volunteers come to the aid of a horse.

Cast & Crew

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