BRITAIN’S volunteer-run lifeboat service provides an invaluable service, saving lives and aiding those in danger on the water.
BBC Two documentary series Saving Lives At Sea is shedding light on the organisation’s heroic work. Here’s what you need to know…
What is Saving Lives At Sea about?
Saving Lives At Sea follows some of the UK’s bravest men and women, who give up their time to work for the Royal National Lifeboat Association.
The people who man lifeboats on the UK seas are all unpaid volunteers saving lives in their free time.
But they are still ready to rally to someone’s aid within minutes, no matter what time of day it is and whatever the weather.
One of the stories sees a father and daughter treading water for almost an hour after being swept out to sea.
Ben Biltcliffe said, “It was a frightening and lonely moment,” when he thought no one was coming to save him and 11-year-old daughter Grace.
And he tells viewers he’s hugely thankful for being saved. He says: “As they pulled me into the boat, one of them said I was a hero for keeping my daughter alive.
“But to me they’re the heroes because they volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way for others.”
Ben and Grace are one of several rescues set to be shown on the second series of Saving Lives At Sea.
The series is filmed using the crew’s own cameras so viewers will really be getting up close and personal with the lifesavers.
Who is the show’s narrator Steven Mackintosh?
Saving Lives At Sea is narrated by actor Steven Mackintosh, who has starred in over 100 films and TV shows during his glittering career.
In recent years he has notably played Richard Garland in The Halcyon, and has also had roles in Kick-Ass 2, The Sweeney, and Luther.
He is also an experience documentary narrator.
When is Saving Lives At Sea on BBC Two?
The ninth episode in the second series of Saving Lives At Sea airs on Tuesday, October 10 at 8pm on BBC Two.
It will also be available on BBC iPlayer for licence fee payers, for 28 days after broadcast.