ANSTRUTHER lifeboat helm Roy Giles found himself taking on a very different role recently when he helped make an episode of a popular television programme.
BBC ‘Countryfile’ presenter Matt Baker was being given top tips by the RNLI in how to save lives when a recent episode was filmed at the Falls of Lora, on the outskirts of Oban.
Instead of doing the rescuing, Roy (48) was in the water as the ‘victim’ being rescued as Matt was finding out about the specialist skills required by RNLI volunteers to save lives during a flood incident.
A volunteer with the charity since 2003, Roy is also trained to work in its international flood rescue team.
Two colleagues from the Arbroath lifeboat station were also involved in the filming, driving inshore rescue boats for camera crews.
Paul Daly, Scotland’s RNLI deputy divisional inspector, said: “Getting Matt in the boat and allowing him to experience the conditions gave him some real perspective into what the guys will go through. He did a great throwbag rescue when Roy acted as a casualty being swept downstream.”