Redcar lifeboat station feature in new series of popular TV documentary

The volunteer lifeboat crew Redcar RNLI took to the small screen on Tuesday 10 November 2020 as they featured in a dramatic episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea.

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Real life rescue footage captured on their helmet cameras gives a frontline view of how the charity’s lifesavers risk their own lives as they go to the aid of those in danger at sea and strive to save every one.

Now in its fifth 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 Thursdays at 8pm, as well as being available on BBC iPlayer following broadcast.

Real rescue footage is accompanied by emotive interviews from the volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards alongside the people they rescue and their families.

We saw Redcar RNLI crew race to rescue a father and son trapped against a cliff face by the tide with the last strip of dry of land disappearing under the waves, alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.

Cameron Bond, Helm of the Redcar lifeboat featured in the episode, says:

‘It’s great that we can showcase the lifesaving work of RNLI volunteers do in a TV programme like this. In recent months, the pandemic has presented us as lifesavers some added challenges, but we’ve continued to maintain a 24/7 search and rescue service. This year, due to Covid-19, fundraising events have been cancelled and we’ve seen a drop in our charitable income. Without the generous support and donations from the public, we wouldn’t be able to save lives at sea and it’s great to be able to share what we do with our supporters from the comfort of their own home. We need their support more than ever during these challenging times.’

During 2019, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued 9,412 people, saving 211 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards aided 32,207 people and saved 118 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.