Lifeboat crews from Cork to feature in BBC documentary 

Lifeboat crews from Cork to feature in BBC documentary 
Castletownbere RNLI. Photo by Nick Leach

TWO RNLI crews from Cork are to feature in a 12-part TV documentary series, starting next week on the BBC.

The series Saving Lives at Sea, showcasing the lifesaving work of the RNLI, will be on TV screens from Wednesday August 16 at 8pm on BBC Two. The 12-part documentary series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s lifeboat crews around Ireland and the UK.

From Cork, the series will feature lifeboat crews from Castletownbere and Kinsale.

The Kinsale crew are shown in action in the opening episode of the series. Viewers will watch the dramatic rescue of three fishermen from a sinking trawler in Kinsale and also the rescue of 30 people from the Astrid tall ship.

Castletownbere will be featured in episode three as the crew rescue a lone sailor in storm conditions. They also rescue two fishermen from a boat that sinks.

The aim of the series is to give an insight into the lives of the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew members, who rescue thousands of people and save hundreds of lives around our coastline every year.

Crews from Skerries in Dublin and Bangor in Down will also feature in the series.

The series features real-life rescue footage, accompanied by testimonials from both the crews and the people they rescue.

The series has been filmed over the past year, with lifeboat crews using RNLI and special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited.

Last year alone, RNLI lifeboats in Ireland launched 1,136 times rescuing 1,649 people. The service was first established in 1824 and there are more than 40 RNLI stations on the island of Ireland.

Saving Lives at Sea will be broadcast weekly from Wednesday 16 August to Wednesday 1 November on BBC Two at 8pm.

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