Moelfre dog rescue to feature in TV show
AN ANGLESEY lifeboat crew who rescued a dog after the animal fell 130ft into the sea, is just one dramatic incident in North Wales to feature in a new BBC series about the RNLI.
The 12-part documentary series ‘Saving Lives at Sea’ begins on BBC2 this Wednesday (August 16) and highlights the work of the volunteer service around the UK and Irish coasts.
One of the episodes shows the rescue of a Bischon Frise named Flossy by Moelfre RNLI in February this year, after her owners had lost sight of her during a walk.
Flossy plunged 130ft into the sea at Porth Wen, near Amlwch, Anglesey.
Moelfre’s inshore lifeboat, aided by Cemaes Bay and Holyhead Coastguard teams, mounted the search.
After guidance from their Coastguard colleagues, lifeboat crew found Flossy, shaking but unhurt.
Vince Jones, Moelfre’s helmsman and station mechanic, said at the time of the incident: “Flossy was extremely lucky to have come away unscathed from the fall.
“It’s amazing she survived falling from such a height, although she wasn’t too keen on our crews in their bright yellow drysuits.”
Early episodes in the BBC series will feature the Moelfre rescue and Porthcawl lifeboat crews rescuing a horse rider who suffered nasty injuries after falling on a remote beach.
Later episodes will feature rescues by another seven Welsh lifeboat stations, details of which will be revealed later.
The first episode will be shown on Wednesday 16 August from 8–9pm on BBC Two and follows on from a successful four-part series broadcast last year.
The series was filmed over the past year, with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life.
Last year RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued 8,643 people, saving 431 lives. In addition the charity’s lifeguards responded to 17,414 incidents and saved 127 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.
The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK.
Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives, more than twice the population of Anglesey.
Flossy, a Bischon Frise, is reunited with her owners after being saved by the RNLI
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