Crews searching for Nicola Faith tell their story on BBC Two

September 20, 2021

The volunteer crews of the RNLI are often described as heroes, but it’s a word many of them find difficult to accept.

In episode 5 of BBC Two's acclaimed 'Saving Lives at Sea' televison cameras go behind the scenes to capture some of the most dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking footage from the volunteer teams who risk their lives looking out for others.

In Trearddur Bay, Sara and her daughter Katie know only too well the ups and downs of Daf - husband and dad - being a long-serving crew member. When force-ten winds roll in from the Irish Sea, Daf and the crew battle through the waves to try to rescue a surfer.

On the same stretch of coast, the Llandudno and Rhyl lifeboats are involved in a desperate search for a fishing vessel that has been reported missing.

Viewers will be taken back to the day when Conwy's Nicola Faith failed to return home with its crew of local men.

In Appledore, in the mouth of the Bristol Channel, the crew are called out to rescue a woman who is stuck in the mud with the tide racing in. And on Fistral beach, on the north Cornish coast, the RNLI lifeguards are faced with a treacherous rip current that has left a young woman in grave danger.

Viewers to BBC Two England can watch the episode Tuesday 21st September at 8.00pm or in Wales on Wednesday 22nd September at 7.00pm. 

The episode will also be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after.