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 rescue at sea casts doubt on the circumstances of ET’s death when a missing kayaker claims ET was working with pirates. But Nikki and the rest of the crew refuse to believe the rescued woman, assuming her story is borne from confusion caused by exposure. Determined to prove her story is real, and angered no-one will take her seriously the woman slips away from Hammersley in the middle of the night.
Forced to go after her, and based on a best guess, they find her camp on nearby Penfold Island, and come across the proof that her story may hold credit – a photograph of ET taken the day before he died.
Nikki is now frantic to find the woman convinced that she will have the answers to ET’s death, but instead the search of the Island takes an unexpected turn when Buffer stumbles across an illegal oil smuggling operation and finds himself neck-deep in crude oil. Can his crew mates get to him in time, and even if they find him, can they get him out?
Hammersley finally track down the missing kayaker, but this time, she has not survived her ordeal, and Nikki is no closer to finding the truth.
Charge’s weight threatens to sink his navy career. Will he become the biggest loser?
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 27 July 2009.
- Running Time: 42 minutes.
- Rating: 12+.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.