The volunteer lifeboat crew of Weston RNLI will be shown in two episodes of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea, which showcases the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The 10-part documentary series is being shown on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8pm, and features real rescues carried out by the charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland.
The series gives a unique insight into the lives and work of the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew members and lifeguards, who rescue thousands of people and save hundreds of lives around our coastline and on the River Thames every year.
The next episode on Tuesday 4 September, sees Weston RNLI in action to save three adults and a dog cut off by the tide on the south side of Brean Down.
In the episode to be aired on Tuesday 18 September the Weston volunteers will be seen twice. In both cases rescuing people cut off by the vicious tides which rush past the island of Birnbeck. In the first case three boys went over at low water and found themselves cut off by the tide. They were returned safely to their mother at the lifeboat station. In the other the crew were called to find a Romanian man who had also been cut off by the tide. He did not know about the RNLI so hid at first because he thought that they were the police. After being reassured they were not the police he wanted to know how much he would be charged for being rescued.
Following the huge success of the two previous series, the most recent of which was broadcast last year, this series features more real-life rescue footage, accompanied by heart-warming and emotive testimonials from the volunteer crews, lifeguards and the people they rescue and their families.
Filming took place over the past year, with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited, and we get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the thousands of men and women who give up their time to save lives.
Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland launched over 8,400 times, assisting over 8,000 people, while the Weston crews launched 57 times, rescued over 15 persons and saved at least 5 lives, the busiest station on the Somerset coast.
Saving Lives at Sea will be broadcast on BBC Two and will continue throughout August, September and October.
Mike Buckland, Weston RNLI Lifeboat Operations said: ‘We would ask anyone coming to enjoy Weston Bay to make a note of the tides. These can catch you out very easily in this area.’
The pictures attached show the Brean Down rescue and the man on Birnbeck Island