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Rescue: River Deep, Mountain High

  • Episode: 

    1 of 8

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Fri 26 Jul 2019
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 30 2019 : Sat 20 Jul - Fri 26 Jul
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Series overview
Rescue: River Deep, Mountain High is an 8-part series following the exploits of the volunteer rescue services from Mountain Rescue teams, coast guard and air ambulances to deep water lifeboats at sea and inshore, these brave men and women will show us how they rescue people in dire straits, and battle with the hostile elements of some of our most famous landscapes. 
Using a unique and refreshing approach to these documentaries, this series will use gopros (small cameras) attached to the rescuers to capture the moments of rescue as they happen.  As an audience we will be given an insight into how these volunteer rescue teams work together, we will feel that we are almost there with them. We will experience all the highs and lows that they encounter, and will get a true feeling for what these volunteers face day in and day out. We’ll also have personal interviews that will reveal what it is that drives them to perform this dangerous and unpaid work; whether it’s a love of adventure or a love of community values, we’ll reveal just who these people are and what it is that makes them heroes in our society. 
Using aerial footage we will illustrate the beauty and hostile environments that these people encounter; whether it’s on the highest mountains in Ireland and the UK, or on the roughest ocean off the West Coast of Ireland, each programme will contain up to three stories of courage and fortitude.  
Episode 1
Kerry mountain rescue team are called to Carrantuohil, the highest mountain in Ireland to rescue an American couple who have got lost and are experiencing some of the worst weather Ireland can produce. Wearing go pro cameras and after an extensive search, the team eventually find them, but the couple are suffering from the early stages of hypothermia and need to get off the mountain fast. In the dark, and with a hurricane force storm and torrential rain they have to climb down the notorious Devil’s ladder, Kerry Mountain Rescue Team save their lives. The go pro cameras reveal the weather conditions and terrain these individuals experience. Interviews with key team members and the rescued couple will give an insight into how it felt. Aerial footage of the MacGillycuddy Reeks will showcase this unique Kerry landscape.
In the Peak District in central England a rock climber has fallen 75 feet down a rock face, he regains consciousness but has no idea what happened to him. The Edale Mountain Rescue Team must give first aid and stretcher carry him up the cliff face to the waiting air ambulance at the top, It’s a full team effort and some of the thirty five members tell the audience what it is that makes them give up their precious time to help others. Aerial footage of Stanage the cliff face that runs for several miles gives the viewer a birds eye vision of this rare landscape.
On the Humber estuary the Humber Inshore Lifeboat is called to a reported body on the banks of the river Hull; Rescue team members discuss the difficulties they encounter when recovering bodies from the estuary and race to the scene, from their base below the Humber Bridge the longest bridge in Britain, but today they are in high spirits when they find the reported body is a rescue dummy left behind after an exercise by other rescue services.