8:30pm – Thursday, July 22 on Channel Nine
As HMAS Hammersley ploughs her way through a violent electrical storm, sparks light up between two of her young crew below decks.
But personal affairs must be put aside when the ship receives a signal from a yacht’s emergency device – and RO (Kristian Schmid) battles to repair power circuits damaged in the storm.
The next day it is Bird (Danielle Horvat) who spies floating wreckage, and when crew of the sea boat goes in for a closer inspection, a distressed woman is hauled from the water.
Lara Strauss (Lauren Dillon) tells her rescuers the yacht she had abandoned must surely have sunk during the storm.
She had been sailing with Martin, her husband of one year, but even though the weather was dangerous he had refused to radio for help.
He believed scavengers scanned ‘mayday’ calls and preyed on vessels in distress.
With Lara receiving medical help on board HMAS Newcastle, the Hammersley crew searches widely for the sunken yacht, which could prove a hazard for shipping.
Instead they come across a vessel with a group of brawling men on board, and CO Mike Flynn (Ian Stenlake) immediately recognizes Alby Dumas (Andy Anderson), a former Navy man who makes his living from salvaging sunken boats.
Alby has found the sunken yacht and declared it to be his, thus sparking a brawl between his crew, and Martin’s brother Karl (Steve Le Marquand), who has laid claim to the yacht. Curiously, he is in the company of Lara.
XO Kate McGregor is concerned for the girl, and gives her a telephone number, which Lara later uses, asking Kate to meet her.
Against Kate’s wishes, Dutchy (Conrad Coleby) shadows her to a disused boatshed – a move that sees him spring into action when Kate is attacked and Lara is taken away.
Back in home port, as a certain love struck crew couple cement their burgeoning relationship, Dutchy suggest he and Kate spend the four hours before sailing, snorkeling around the wreckage.
But Kate is called away so Dutchy goes alone, eventually needing rescuing as he surfaces with severe injuries – and treasure concealed in his diving gear.
It is apparently part of a cargo that was hi-jacked in the Indian Ocean a month ago, and when a shore party explores nearby Shelly Island, battling dodgy radio reception, the truth emerges about some very unpleasant family ties.