Sea Patrol (2010): S04E08 – The Universal Donor


The fourth season of the Australian drama Sea Patrol began airing as Sea Patrol 4: The Right Stuff on 15 April 2010. Most regular cast members have returned.


A comical scene ensues as the crew of the Hammersley are brushing up their first aid skills and when Swain asks 2Dads to demonstrate CPR on Charge. But the mood changes when they encounter an unknown object in the water, and on bringing on-board discover that it is a freezer full of human organs, most likely destined for the black market.

Back at base Maxine informs Mike and Kate that there is still no new CO for the Hammersley, but she does have information on the organ trafficking, an American businessman Wassel Berkelman is believed to be behind it, and Maxine tasks Mike with tracking him down and stopping the trade.

On course to find the American ship, Hammersley encounters a ship full of refugees, the Captain claims they are heading to Indonesia but the passengers think they are heading for Australia, the truth of their journey become clear when the boarding party find records of the passengers blood types and Rohypnol. Swain loses his temper when he realises the Captains complicity on the barbaric trade.

With emotions running high, and in an effort to keep Swain away from the search for Berkelman, he and Bird are asked to sail the refugee ship back to port while Hammersley sets off hoping to catch Berkelman unaware. Not long after Hammersley’s departure they are intercepted by another boat, initially asking for help but which turns out to be carrying Berkelman and the organ traffickers who are looking for their refugees and have followed a homing beacon straight to the boat.

When the doctor working with the traffickers is attacked, Swain reveals he is a medic and tries to save his life. But the Doctor dies, so Berkelman informs Swain he will have to take over the job of harvesting the organs as the only person left on board with medical training. With Bird’s life at risk Swain has little choice but to comply, but the organ donor has been shot and the kidneys damaged, Berkelman is desperate for a replacement donor to meet the needs of his client – A Yakuza boss in Japan in need of a kidney.

To Swain’s horror Bird is a blood match. Held at gun point and with time running out will he be forced to operate on Bird?

Sea Patrol Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 03 June 2010.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Rating: 12+.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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