Chiswick Lifeboat crew returns in second season of BBC documentary

Image above: Saving Lives at Sea

The lifeboat crew of Chiswick RNLI will be featured on BBC Two on Tuesday 31 August in a new series of Saving Lives at Sea.

Rescue footage captured on helmet cameras gives a frontline view of how the charity’s volunteers risk their own lives as they go to the aid of those in danger.

Now in its sixth series, the 10-part documentary showcases the lifesaving work of the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards from around the UK and Ireland. The series will air on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8.00pm, and on BBC iPlayer after.

The documentary includes emotional interviews with lifeboat crews and lifeguards, the people they rescue and their families.

Tuesday’s episode (31 August) sees Chiswick and Teddington RNLI crews assisting in the attempted rescue of a young whale stranded at Richmond lock, alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations around the coastline of the UK.

During 2020 RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland aided 8,374 people, saving 239 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards helped 25,172 people and saved 110 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

Image above: rescue footage captured on volunteer’s cameras gives a frontline view of how the charity’s lifesavers risk their own lives

RNLI chief glad to showcase their ‘lifesaving work’

Thames Commander Andy Mayo, helm of the Chiswick lifeboat crew featured in the upcoming episode, said:

‘It’s great that we can showcase the lifesaving work of RNLI volunteers in a TV programme like this. We provided safety cover to the marine mammal specialists from British Divers Marine Rescue and some of our crew were able to assist under their direction.

‘The RNLI depends on the generous support and donations from the public, and it’s great to be able to share what we do with our supporters from the comfort of their own home’

Saving Lives at Sea begins on 24 August at 8.00 pm on BBC Two, and will continue throughout September and October.

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