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Episode Three

Series Two, Episode Three

All the action from episode three Sunday 12 May 8pm

In the third episode of our behind-the-scenes documentary we see just how varied the work of the MCA is and how, ultimately, we are driven by safety and helping those in danger.  

This week, coastguard rescue officers from around the UK deploy to flooding in Scotland as Storm Babet hits, off the south coast a man falls critically ill on a cruise ship and a baby is unconscious on a beach in Wales. Back in Scotland, MCA surveyor Bill Forsyth investigates a collision in between two vessels.  

Top safety tips

• Is it safe to go out? Check the latest weather advice from the Met Office.

• Don’t drive and drown. People have died driving through roads flooded by sea or rain.

• Stay off groynes, piers and harbour walls – a photo is not worth the risk.

• Cliffs crumble in heavy rain, so steer clear of the edge and base of cliffs.

• Avoid exposed places where storm winds can gust suddenly, pushing you into danger.

• If you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Want to make a difference?

Find out more about vacancies at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency or becoming a volunteer coastguard rescue officer.

Coastguard airs on Sundays at 8pm on Channel 5. Find out more about each episode so far.

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