Dramatic footage of a Fife volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew rescuing a teenager stranded on rocks in the Forth is to feature in a documentary programme to be aired on Thursday.
Kinghorn RNLI crew members will be taking to the small screen in the latest episode of the BBC TV series, Saving Lives at Sea.
Real life footage, captured from the crew’s helmet cameras, will give viewers a sense of the unfolding drama after the Kinghorn crew was scrambled to rocks of the coast of Port Seton near Edinburgh in June last year to rescue a 16-year-old male stranded on rocks amid a rising tide.
The volunteer crew was responding to its 38th emergency call out of the year after the alarm was raised shortly after 9.30pm.
Rescue footage from the incident is accompanied by interviews with the volunteers and lifeguards involved.
Scott McIlravie, helm of the Kinghorn crew, said he hoped the programme would show what his team does on a regular basis – and remind viewers that they depend on the public for support.
“It’s great that we can showcase the lifesaving work of RNLI volunteers in a TV programme like this,” he said.
“In recent months, the pandemic has presented us as lifesavers some added challenges, but we’ve continued to maintain a 24/7 search and rescue service.
“This year, due to Covid, fundraising events have been cancelled and we’ve seen a drop in our charitable income.
“Without the generous support and donations from the public, we wouldn’t be able to save lives at sea and it’s great to be able to share what we do with our supporters from the comfort of their own home.
“We need their support more than ever during these challenging times.”
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.
Tomorrow evening’s episode goes out at 8pm on BBC Two. The series continues throughout October and November.