Every day in the seas around the UK and Ireland, an army of unpaid volunteers put their lives on the line to save those of others. This series tells the story of the ordinary men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) who are ready to race to the rescue of those in trouble, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, whatever the weather. Using footage shot on the crews' own cameras, this series takes us into the heart of the action, capturing the unpredictable work of the RNLI in unique detail.\n\nWhen the RNLI was founded in 1824, most of those they saved from the water were fisherman and sailors - today the lion's share of shouts are to pleasure seekers at sea. In Torbay in Devon the seas are often crowded with sailing craft of all shapes and sizes - when two collide the Torbay lifeboat crew are called out to provide emergency medical assistance for a potentially life-changing injury. On the south coast of Wales, the Porthcawl crew have just seconds to spare when two teenagers on holiday get caught on a rocky outcrop by a large swell and a rising spring tide. While in Yorkshire, the Flamborough crew have to pluck a man from danger after he jumps off a hundred-foot cliff for a dare.
Source: BBC 2