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UK's most important border

Everyone from fishermen, ferries, sailors, channel swimmers, and freighters carrying the UK’s imports and exports, regularly cross each other’s wakes. The job of keeping these busy and treacherous waters safe is a never ending task. A multi-agency team that includes the Coastguard, the UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the police and the port authorities are on duty 24/7 to ensure that no harm comes to those sailing across the UK’s most important border.

Channel Patrol follows these teams as they come to the aid of grounded yachts, carry out emergency medical rescues and save stranded marine animals. We also meet some of the hundreds of swimmers who choose to brave the elements - and enormous passing tankers - as they attempt to swim the channel to France – all in aid of worthy causes.

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Episode 4, Series 1

Saturday March 25 at 1:40pm

The RNLI fight to save Eastbourne pier when it catches fire.

Episode 4, Series 1

Sunday March 26 at 12:15am

The RNLI fight to save Eastbourne pier when it catches fire.

Episode 5, Series 1

Tuesday March 28 at 8:40pm

A couple of rookie sailors learn the roles at Cowes Week.

Episode 5, Series 1

Wednesday March 29 at 6:05am

A couple of rookie sailors learn the roles at Cowes Week.

Episode 5, Series 1

Saturday April 1 at 1:40pm

A couple of rookie sailors learn the roles at Cowes Week.

Episode 5, Series 1

Sunday April 2 at 12:15am

A couple of rookie sailors learn the roles at Cowes Week.

Episode 6, Series 1

Tuesday April 11 at 7:40pm

The crew of the Galatea are called out to a damaged light vessel.

Episode 6, Series 1

Wednesday April 12 at 5:50am

The crew of the Galatea are called out to a damaged light vessel.

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