North Wales RNLI will feature in new BBC series


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

A NEW BBC series all about the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will feature crew from Rhyl.

The series, named Saving Lives at Sea, is part of a special volunteering season by the BBC called Do Something Great. It’s a real-life portrayal of the lifesaving work that RNLI volunteers carry out around our coasts 24/7. 

Filmed over the past year with lifeboat stations across the UK, the series portrays what life is like for the charity’s volunteers who must be ready at any time of day or night to help someone in trouble at sea or on the River Thames.

As well as Rhyl, Abersoch and Moelfre, lifeboat crew from stations including; Brighton, Blackpool, Eastbourne, Islay, Torbay, Tower, The Mumbles, Oban and Newquay and New Quay all feature in the series – several of which have, over the past year, carried special cameras and equipment on their lifeboats and welcomed film makers into station life.

North Wales volunteer members of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team from Abersoch, Moelfre, Rhyl and Beaumaris lifeboat stations feature in the series, which follows dramatic real-life rescue situations, while also uncovering the heart-warming and poignant reasons why people from all walks of life volunteer to put their lives on the line to save others, and the vital support they receive from their families and communities.

Vince Jones, Mechanic and Helm at Moelfre RNLI, said: "This has been a fantastic project to be involved with and we’re very proud to know that the lifesaving work of North Wales RNLI lifeboat stations and the RNLI Flood Rescue Team will feature. The series captures the work of 13 RNLI lifeboat stations but we’re representing the crews of the 237 RNLI stations all around the UK and Ireland, who all do fantastic work every day.

"We hope people who watch the series will feel inspired by what they see, and learn a bit more about the lifesaving work of our charity."

Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued nearly 8,000 people, saving 348 lives.

Saving Lives at Sea will be broadcast weekly from Wednesday, July 13 to Wednesday 3 August on BBC1 at 9pm.

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