Withernsea RNLI feature on new series of BBC Saving Lives at Sea


ON THE SCREEN: Withernsea’s lifeboat, the Mary Beal, in action (Photo: Terry Bearpark)

THE volunteer lifeboat crew of Withernsea RNLI are taking to the small screen as they feature in the first episode of BBC Saving Lives at Sea at 8pm this evening (Thursday). 

Now in its fifth series, the 10-part documentary showcases the lifesaving work of the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards from around the UK and Ireland. 

The series is airing on BBC Two on Thursdays at 8pm, with the first episode featuring Withernsea RNLI being broadcast tonight. The episode will also be available on BBC iPlayer following broadcast. 

Blast TV, the company behind the TV programme, spent a week in Withernsea back in February obtaining footage and carrying out the interviews for the show. 

Real life rescue footage captured on their helmet cameras gives a frontline view of how the charity’s lifesavers risk their own lives going to the aid of those in danger at sea. Real life rescue footage is accompanied by emotive interviews from the volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards alongside the people they rescue and their families.

This forthcoming episode, on Thursday 17 September, sees Withernsea RNLI searching for a missing fisherman, a well-liked local from the small town, alongside other lifeboats, and many various vessels who joined the lengthy search in an attempt to find the missing fisherman. Viewers will hear firsthand the events of the day from the volunteers and colleagues involved in the search. 

Steve Medcalf, Deputy Launch Authority (DLA) at Withernsea lifeboat station, features in the tonight’s episode. He said: “It is extremely important to show the public the lifesaving work of the RNLI volunteers in a TV programme like this. It also goes to show that we have a tight knit community and a great working relationship with the local HM Coastguard, working closely in this particular callout.” 

 During 2019, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued 9,412 people, saving 211 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards aided 32,207 people and saved 118 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches. 

Saving Lives at Sea begins tonight, Thursday, September 17 at 8pm on BBC Two, and will continue throughout October and November.