The work of the Dun Laoghaire lifeboat and the crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

When a boat gets into difficulty at sea, it sends out a distress call which is received by the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre at Shannon. The nearest RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) station is notified, and a crew is dispatched immediately.

'Anything Goes' visits the harbour town of Dún Laoghaire to observe a simulated rescue by the RNLI in Dublin Bay.

It’s very exciting...but it’s also very serious stuff.

Force eight winds and the unpredictable nature of the sea resulted in the film crew sound recordist’s equipment being drenched by a high wave. Interviews for this report had to wait until everyone arrived back on dry land.

Safety is of paramount importance to the RNLI. In addition to the modern technology on board, this Waveney class lifeboat is self-righting,

If they capsize, they immediately bounce back up again.

Local man Eric Offer is the Dún Laoghaire RNLI’s full time coxswain. Training and many years of experience mean he keeps a calm head when an emergency call comes in.

For the average person saving lives at sea appears to be fraught with danger, but Eric Offer and his team train to deal with any situation.

We have great faith in the boat...that eliminates a lot of the danger.

This episode of ‘Anything Goes’ was broadcast on 19 February 1983. The reporter is Aonghus McAnally.