Saving Lives at Sea

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Saving Lives at Sea

Series 4 - Episode 9



Jumping off a harbour wall into the sea on a sunny evening is the sort of thing teenage boys do. But judging by this, Axmouth harbour in Devon isn’t the place to do it. The tides produce strong currents in the narrow harbour mouth, as 15-year-old Archie learnt last June.

When he was caught by a rip tide, his friend Bo dived in to help and both boys were swept out to sea. What follows is a classic piece of RNLI drama, including a helicopter winch sequence described as “like threading a needle while riding a bucking bronco”.

You might be hoping this marks a new series of the reliably moving lifeboat show but I’m sorry to say it’s just the broadcast of two programmes held over from the last one. Also featured tonight is the hunt for a kayaker missing after a race in Studland Bay near Poole: eight lifeboats and two helicopters are scrambled to join the search.


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. The volunteers race to the rescue of a shark attack victim, and two fishermen caught by the tide find themselves stranded in a rising sea. Elsewhere, two young boys are swept out to sea in a rip current.

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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