A crew member is washed off a cliff trying to save a concussed spearfisherman, a rescue in Blackpool goes wrong, and volunteers try to rescue families from rising waters in Cumbria.
The volunteers are called to rescue two students who have jumped naked into the River Thames while high on LSD.
The volunteers are called to rescue the crew of a fishing boat that has run aground in the middle of a storm.
The volunteers are called to rescue a father who gets himself into difficulties after trying to rescue his son.
Lifeboat volunteers call it a “shout” – the moment when the pager beeps and you drop your brush (if you’re a painter like Jules) or your Petri dish (if you’re an ecotoxicologist like Michelle) and rush to the station for another launch. In Torbay, according to the second part of Saving Lives at Sea (BBC One), the crew aim to get to sea in 10 minutes; more often they manage it in five...