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12 x 60'
Year of production
Blast! Films
Factual > Human Interest

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Documentary series following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
Every day around the UK, an army of unpaid volunteers put their lives on the line to try and save complete strangers. Saving Lives At Sea tells the story of these ordinary men and women who are doing something extraordinary - giving up their free time to staff more than two hundred RNLI lifeboat stations right across the country and provide a vital rescue service on Britain’s waters.

From the north of Scotland to the south coast of England, in holiday resorts, working harbours, and on the river Thames, volunteers are ready to launch their boats and race to the rescue within minutes of a cry for help coming in –  24 hours a day, 365 days a year, whatever the weather. 

This series take us right into the heart of the action, capturing the unpredictable work of the RNLI in never-before-seen detail. The series provides an insight into the lives and motivations of the volunteers, uncovering the stories of those they are called upon to rescue, and exploring the UK’s evolving relationship with the seas. Whether it’s a father with his young daughter caught out at sea in a rip current, a sailor caught out by rapidly changing conditions at sea, or a fishing trawler run aground on treacherous rocks – every minute, every second counts. Equipped with their own cameras the crews give us unique insight into every call-out as only they see it.

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"Pointing a camera at brave competent people who have to make difficult decisions about dangerous situations rarely fails to make compelling television” The Guardian