Portsmouth’s lifeboat service to feature in new series of BBC documentary next week

Portsmouth RNLI
Portsmouth RNLI

VOLUNTEERS working hard for Portsmouth’s Royal National Lifeboat Insitution (RNLI) will hit TV screens next week as they feature in the new series of Saving Lives at Sea.

The 10-part documentary series showcases the lifesaving work of the and is being shown on BBC Two on Tuesdays, at 8pm.

It features real rescues carried out by the charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland, including Portsmouth.

Crew rescue thousands of people and save hundreds of lives around the coastline and on the River Thames every year.

Next week’s episode on Tuesday, August 28, sees Portsmouth RNLI go to the aid of a man with a suspected broken hip, on a yacht five miles south of Hayling Island, alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches.

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.

Last year RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland launched over 8,400 times, assisting over 8,000 people, while the charity’s lifeguards responded to 17,414 incidents and saved the lives of 127 people on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

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 a glimpse into the everyday lives of the thousands of men and women who give up their time to save lives is shown.