To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the crew at a Suffolk lifeboat station will be featured in a new BBC Two special. 

Saving Lives at Sea takes a closer look at RNLI crews' involvement in the Second World War with presenter Dermot O'Leary visiting lifeboat stations around the coast uncovering the stories of some of the most important events of the time. 

The presenter said: "As an ambassador for the RNLI and a huge history fan, it was a privilege for me to uncover some of the untold stories that saw ordinary volunteers get involved in some of the most extraordinary events of the Second World War. 

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"The brave men and women we heard about left a real impression on me, as did the present-day volunteers I was able to meet along the way, who are still saving lives at sea today."

At Aldeburgh station, the presenter finds out more about the first RNLI service of the war in the rescue of 74 crew members of the steamer SS Magdapur, which struck an electronic mine and began to sink. 

He also meets Aldeburgh station mechanic, James Cable, to learn how the station's efforts supported the war.

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Mr Cable said: "We're all looking forward to seeing the story of Aldeburgh RNLI during the Second World War brought to life in this special episode. We're proud that we played such a key part in this important period of history."

Mark Dowie, RNLI chief executive, said: "As viewers will see, our lifeboat crews played a remarkable role during the war, with stories of great tragedy and immense bravery featured in the episode."

Saving Lives at Sea airs at 9pm on Tuesday, March 12 on BBC Two and iPlayer.