Dunbar RNLI rescue to feature in TV series

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Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers are to feature in a new TV series on the work of the rescue services keeping our coastlines safe.

The programme, to air on Tuesday, September 20, includes real life video footage of a family cut off by the rising tide being rescued by Dunbar’s inshore lifeboat, the Jimmy Miff.

Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat station has recently been equipped with a state of the art helmet camera to allow footage of their work to be gathered.

ITV1 is working with the RNLI to produce a series called Mayday Mayday. The series follows the men and women who volunteer to help those in trouble on the water, and follows incidents up and down the British coastline.

The footage from the crew’s helmet and boat cameras, filmed as they are on active duties, forms the basis of the stories as the viewers experience what they see as they attend emergency call outs 24/7.

The series aims to highlight the work of the RNLI volunteers and hopefully will lead to even more men and women getting involved in this valuable work, and increased public support for what they do.

Dunbar’s RNLI coxswain Gary Fairbairn said: “This recue may not have been the most dramatic service we have carried out but it nicely demonstrates the skill levels our crews need to achieve to operate effectively in all conditions.

“Overall the series should give a good feel for the work of the RNLI and illustrate the wide range of jobs we get called out to do.”

Gary said the helmet camera has become a useful tool for the station and one of the crew wears it on all shouts. He said it has immense use as a training tool and can also be helpful for other purposes.

Also in the programme are two rescues from the South of England: one a couple taken off their sinking yacht along with their dog, the other a man with serious head injuries after a coastal fall.

The progamme begins at 7.30 pm a week on Tuesday (September 20) on ITV1.