Saving Lives at Sea

Saving Lives at Sea

Series 4 - Episode 10



Scotland provides most of the drama this week, from a holiday yacht’s snapped mast on Loch Ness – a vast body of corpse-cold water that can turn from placid to roiling in a moment – to a dog stranded on a coastal weir in Kinghorn. There’s also a look back at the spectacular 1999 rescue of the stricken, and potentially highly explosive, chemical tanker Ascania off the coast of Thurso.

That “shout” was national news, but this series’ most moving moments are small stories. Tonight, for instance, a sailor who nearly wrecked his boat at Appledore in Devon marvels not so much at being saved, but at how much kindness the RNLI volunteers showed him back on shore.


Documentary telling the story of the unpaid volunteers who sacrifice their free time to staff more than two hundred RNLI lifeboat stations across the UK. In the final episode, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteers race to rescue two teenagers stuck in mud in Cleethorpes on the Humber estuary before the incoming tide overwhelms them. Elsewhere, a team in Devon help a crew of a yacht shipwrecked on a notorious sand bar, and a routine call to pick up a boat that has broken its moorings becomes a race to save a family of four. Last in the series.

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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