Saving Lives at Sea

Saving Lives at Sea

Series 5 - Episode 10

Fri 29 Jan 12:35am - 1:35am BBC Two


The series signs off with a final flourish, knocking us sideways with more examples of people selflessly helping others in extremis. The first story visits the lifeboat station on Loch Ness, which we gather is a very nasty stretch of water indeed, not least because it’s so deathly cold, half the temperature of the sea (something to do with being murky; sunlight doesn’t penetrate), so if you end up in the drink, you won’t last long. 

Which is bad news for the casualties that an RNLI crew are hunting on a “time-critical shout”. In a clever piece of storytelling, we don’t know who they are until a flashback introduces the three lads on a canoeing trip who are filming themselves as they get into deep trouble…


A teenage paddleboarder is being swept out to sea off the coast of north Wales, so the crew of the Abersoch lifeboat race to reach him before he is lost for ever. The crew of the Lizard lifeboat station face two missions, as they are called out to a cargo ship taking on water and in danger of sinking with its crew still on board, followed by a small yacht being battered by a storm in the Atlantic.

Cast & Crew

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