Sea Patrol (2007): S01E04 – Irukandji


The first season of the Australian drama series Sea Patrol premiered on the Nine Network on 05 July 2007. The 13-episode season concluded 04 October 2007. Set aboard HMAS Hammersley, an old Royal Australian Navy (RAN) patrol boat, the series follows the ship’s company as they investigate the deaths of several people, who are linked by a web of intrigue.


The crew of Hammersley receive a mayday call from a boat that claims it is being attacked by pirates. Upon investigation, the crew that issued the mayday call were intoxicated and shot a flare at the pirates, causing them to retreat. Hammersley pursues the suspected pirate boat and, when they board it, find it to be barely seaworthy; the ‘pirates’ are a family of terrified illegal immigrants attempting to reach Australia. The flare fired by men on the other boat has injured one of the immigrants, while attempting to help them by transferring them to Hammersley, they are scared and throw a bucket of waste water at the crew. Returning to Hammersley with the reluctant immigrants, the Chefo and Jaffah both suddenly collapse with sudden pains to their arm and hand, and the rest of the crew assume the waste water was contaminated. It turns out an irukandji jellyfish, a deadly jellyfish which is the size of a pinhead, has attached itself to the RHIB and Chefo and Jaffah were stung when stowing the RHIB away. Charge is also stung on the eyelid, but his reaction is less severe and he insists he can continue to work despite being in pain and having loss of vision in one eye.

When one of the immigrant family, a young girl, is suspected of falling overboard, Mike is forced to choose between saving Chefo and Jaffah’s lives by racing to Cairns or turning the boat around to search for the girl. Swain is put in the difficult situation of needing to care for Chefo and Jaffah, but with Chefo’s condition worsening he focusses on him, leaving Spider to look after Jaffah. When Jaffah appears to be recovering Spider leaves him to help the search for the girl, but when he returns he finds Jaffah dead, from an assumed aneurysm. Swain blames himself for focusing on Chefo, but Mike tells him there was nothing more he could have done.

Buffer befriends one of the immigrants who can speak some English, and questions his job –and Australian law–when he is forced to hand over the family to the immigration department, knowing they will be placed in detention and likely deported.

The crew of Hammersley are forced to say farewell to Jaffah, and feel grief.

Guest actors: Todd Levi, Andre Seager, Sepideh Madah, Joseph Jahani, Jasmine Jahani, Shahnaz Kikravezh.

Sea Patrol Series

You can find a full index and overview of Sea Patrol here.

You can find a full index of Sea Patrol Series 01 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 26 July 2007.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Rating: 12+.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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