Sea Patrol (2007): S01E11 – Chinese Whispers


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.


Just off the coast from Bright Island, Hammersley intercept what appears to be a suspicious meeting of two boats at sea, but they discover too late that they have in fact interrupted a sting by the Feds into diamond smuggling. The federal agents are furious, and accuse Mike of becoming obsessed with Bright Island, telling him stay away. This only makes Mike more suspicious and more determined to find out the truth.

Back on patrol, Hammersley receives a mayday. From a sinking ship, Pacific Investigator, they rescue the grateful crew, and are not worried when the captain asks that the position of the ship is not reported as he is worried about someone claiming salvage. Ahead of schedule for their return to Cairns, Hammersley stops to host a steel beech bar-b-que for their guests. Swain, excited about the impending birth of his first child, gets talking to one of the sailors, Jake, for advice about parenthood when one is away at sea.

Worried about his wife and preoccupied with thoughts of becoming a dad, Swain is unable to sleep and is on deck when the captain from Pacific Investigator pulls a gun on him, telling him they need to take the RHIB, and will be taking him along as insurance. In making their escape they shoot another member of Hammersley’s crew and in the confusion get away clear. By sunrise they have returned to their sinking ship, where Swain discovers they are the diamond smugglers and they will kill him to save their cargo. Having secured the diamonds on the RHIB they have no future use for Swain and tie him up in a hold below deck.

Not wanting to follow too close for fear that they would shoot Swain, Hammersley is some distance away, but when they see on the radar the smugglers leaving their sinking ship they realise they need to move quickly to find out what has happened to Swain. Back in the boat, Swain has been tied securely, and struggles frantically to free his hand. All the while the water is rising more quickly around him as the boat sinks. Will he live to see his wife and baby? Will Buffer and the crew of Hammersley get to him before he drowns? How long can he hold his breath?

Guest actors: Daisy Betts, Monroe Reimers, Callan Mulvey, Iaian Sinclair, Justin Palazzo Orr, Murray Burt, Matthew Whittett.

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: 13 September 2007.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Rating: 12+.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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