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North Wales RNLI volunteers to feature in new BBC One series

Lifeboats News Release

A new BBC series all about the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will broadcast from Wednesday 13 July at 9pm on BBC1.

The four-part documentary series will feature the crew from Abersoch, Moelfre, Rhyl and Beaumaris RNLI lifeboat stations, alongside their fellow crew members from numerous RNLI stations around the UK.

The series, named Saving Lives at Sea, is part of a special volunteering season by the BBC called Do Something Great. It’s a real-life portrayal of the lifesaving work that RNLI volunteers carry out around our coasts 24/7. The first episode will be aired on Wednesday 13 July, with the remaining three episodes broadcast each Wednesday after that, ending on 3 August.

Filmed over the past year with lifeboat stations across the UK, the series portrays what life is like for the charity’s volunteers who must be ready at any time of day or night to help someone in trouble at sea or on the River Thames.
 
As well as Abersoch and Moelfre, lifeboat crew from stations including; Brighton, Blackpool, Eastbourne, Islay, Rhyl, Torbay, Tower, The Mumbles, Oban and Newquay and New Quay all feature in the series – several of which have, over the past year, carried special cameras and equipment on their lifeboats and welcomed film makers into station life.

North Wales volunteer members of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team from Abersoch, Moelfre, Rhyl and Beaumaris lifeboat stations also feature in the series, which follows dramatic real-life rescue situations, while also uncovering the heart-warming and poignant reasons why people from all walks of life volunteer to put their lives on the line to save others, and the vital support they receive from their families and communities.
 
Vince Jones, Mechanic and Helm at Moelfre RNLI, said:

‘This has been a fantastic project to be involved with and we’re very proud to know that the lifesaving work of North Wales RNLI lifeboat stations and the RNLI Flood Rescue Team will feature. The series captures the work of 13 RNLI lifeboat stations but we’re representing the crews of the 237 RNLI stations all around the UK and Ireland, who all do fantastic work every day.

‘We hope people who watch the series will feel inspired by what they see, and learn a bit more about the lifesaving work of our charity.’

Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued nearly 8,000 people, saving 348 lives.
 
Saving Lives at Sea will be broadcast weekly from Wednesday 13 July to Wednesday 3 August on BBC1 at 9pm. The series is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.

Notes to editors:

RNLI crew members who feature in the series are available for interview. Please contact RNLI PR on the numbers below to arrange interviews.

The attached picture shows some of the RNLI volunteer crew members who feature in the BBC One Saving Lives at Sea series. Credit Nigel Millard.

RNLI media contacts:

For more information please contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland

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