The third season of the Australian drama Sea Patrol premiered as Sea Patrol 3: Red Gold on the Nine Network on 18 May 2009. Principal location filming was, as in past seasons, completed in and around the area of Mission Beach, Queensland. It has an announced budget of A$17 million.
A suspected FFV turns out to be smuggling immigrants from China into Australian waters, the only problem is all the immigrants are young attractive women, and one of them has just gone into labour. Kate is immediately suspicious that the women are being smuggled into the sex trade, and tries everything possible to find an alternative to simply turning the boat away knowing they will try again as soon as Hammersley is out of sight.
Meanwhile, Swain has taken over care of the pregnant woman, but she is suffering severe complications with the birth and despite all his efforts she dies before giving birth leaving Swain with no choice but to cut her open to save her unborn child. The ordeal pushes Swain to the limit of his skills and the death of the mother affects him greatly, so much so he is unwilling to even hold or look at her baby, which has survived.
In an effort to make up for her inability to help the women on the boat Kate goes out of her way to trace the family of the orphaned baby, but her investigations lead her straight to the people smugglers. The resulting pursuit and apprehension of the smugglers gives Swain the chance to work out some of the anguish from the death of the mother, and reunites the baby with his Aunt.
Guest actors: Hsiao Ling Tang, Ling-Hsueh Tang, Masa Yamaguchi.
Sea Patrol Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 01 June 2009.
- Running Time: 42 minutes.
- Rating: 12+.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.