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.
The Hammersley is transporting medical supplies and a doctor, Sarah Denton (Sara Gleeson), to a clinic on Vatinaie Island. At the village, kids are playing with a live grenade, which explodes, injuring the chief’s son, Tiken (Joel Lok), and sparking tensions between the locals.
Swain and Dutchy remain behind to assist with treating the boy as Hammersley heads off to continue the aid drop to Kaiten Island. During the delivery Bird slips in some water and soon begins to get sick, vomiting and showing signs of paralysis. Bomber does her best to treat Bird but she is getting worse, and her only possible hope is a dash to HMAS Newcastle and their medical bay, but they are more than 10 hours away. En-route 2Dads realizes Bird’s canteen is still full and that she must have refilled it on the island, suggesting contaminated water. But the water tests do not reveal much and her condition is become critical.
Back on Vatinaie, the Chief, Suil (Ariu Lang Sio), has been shot in a conflict with some of the younger villagers who are trying to gain control and comes into he clinic for help pursued by his attackers. Swain and Dutchy fend off the aggressors, but inadvertently make the matter worse by taking sides in the local conflict. Swain, Dutchy and the doctor, Sarah, with help from Suil and some of his family decide to set off with the injured boy towards the other side of the island, hoping to outrun the young men.
In the jungle, tensions are raised when they come across other group of heavily armed men but they turn out to be old friends of Suil. The Chief leaves with them hoping to draw the hostiles after him. Dutchy, still dazed from being hit over the head by one of the Chief’s recent friends, and Swain decide they need to set up camp overnight and set out again in daylight. On watch, Swain hears the young men from the village passing close by and the tension of the situation leads to a romantic moment with Sarah. Meanwhile, 2Dads has remembered that Bird stumbled in a creek and had indicated pain in her knee. The medical officer on Newcastle identifies her injury as a cone snail bite and is able to treat her successfully.
At first light it appears they have made good their escape and they are clear to continue, but the hostiles are lying in wait for them, and Sarah is shot as they try to escape. Dutchy manages to makes contact with Hammersley, urging them to meet them on the beach, but they are still 10 minutes away and unfortunately they arrive too late, and Sarah dies. Swain shaken by the feeling he had for Sarah and from her death and the resulting violence on what was a peaceful settlement.
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 01 July 2010.
- Running Time: 42 minutes.
- Rating: 12+.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.