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 mysterious cargo ship is steering directly towards some of the Hammersley crew who are enjoying some time off the boat snorkelling. Unable to get out of its path in time, Spider is washed underneath and thankful when his only injury is a minor cut on his leg from some coral.
Going after the boat, they find it abandoned and on auto-pilot, so while Hammersley leaves to search the area for survivors, Kate, Buffer, 2-Dads and Lieutenant Cliff Bailey stay on board to escort the boat back to port. All appears to be going well, but then the radio goes missing, and the following morning the only trace of Lt’ Bailey are his dog-tags and some blood. Plus, they are now more than 100 miles of course.
Meanwhile, on Hammersley Spider’s minor injury has turned into a serious case of coral poisoning, and Swain fears it could be fatal. Unable to locate the cargo-ship with the XO on board Hammersley must return to port to get help for Spider.
When Buffer and 2-Dads start a second search for Lt’ Bailey the become trapped in the food storage, and someone has turned the temperature down. Kate is now alone with no-one to help her and the mysterious stowaway is out to get them all. Buffer and 2-Dads are facing a freezing demise and Kate is terrorised by the crazed stalker.
Guest actors: Ian Roberts (as Nathan Talbot), Bren Foster as (Lieutenant Cliff Bailey), Sam Clark (as Dave Corran), John Reynolds (as Nathan Talbot Stunt Double).
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 06 July 2009.
- Running Time: 42 minutes.
- Rating: 12+.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.