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Cruel Sea: The Penlee Lifeboat Disaster

In December 1981, the Penlee lifeboat was called out to help a stricken coaster off the coast of Cornwall. In hurricane winds and sixty foot waves, the crew of the Solomon Browne made an heroic attempt to rescue those on board the ill-fated Union Star. Using actual radio footage, eyewitness testimony and memories of bereaved family members, this film tells the story of that tragic night.

Originally shown in 2006 to mark the 25th anniversary.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 20 Dec 2011 22:00


Role Contributor
ProducerSally Thomson
DirectorSally Thomson