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  • Saving Lives at Sea

    Did you catch episode two of the four-part BBC series on our lifesaving volunteers?

    We’re sharing the stories behind the events of last night’s episode – including 24 hours on the Thames.

    Get the scoop
    Crew members who featured in the Saving Lives at Sea programme on BBC One
  • 24 hours on the Thames

    ‘We reach the scene of the reported sighting and Matt hands me a searchlight to scour the murky water for any sign of human life …’

    We spend 24 hours shadowing a shift at the UK’s busiest station.

    Life at Tower Lifeboat Station
    Tower Lifeboat Station, in London
  • ‘It can mean the difference between life and death’

    It takes up to 5 years of full-time training to get doctors and paramedics to the stage where they’re able to triage, diagnose and treat casualties on-site.

    How do we get our volunteers to a high standard - but much quicker?

    A unique approach
    Mudeford crew members taking part in a casualty care training exercise.
  • How to call for help

    With technology advancing so quickly, it can be hard to keep up with the choice of calling-for-help gadgets - even the most seasoned sailors can be bamboozled!

    But never fear, we’ve got a handy guide to help you to tell your AIS from your PLB.

    Learn more
    Crew member throwing a rope to a person in the water.
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