Sea Patrol (2010): S04E13 – Soft Target (Soft Touch)


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.


An old friend of 2Dads, Fraser (Clayton Watson), is posted on Hammersley as RO’s assistant. The crew responds to a mayday from a motor cruiser, which has been attacked by a pirate speedboat. Soon after, Hammersley responds to another mayday, but this time find nothing amiss after Fraser surreptitiously switches the coordinates, and in the process blames the XO for the mix-up. 2Dads, overhearing Fraser on the phone, realizes his friend is assisting the pirates by passing on the coordinates of boats they encounter which are worth hitting.

A couple, the Langs, is attacked by pirates while diving, and the husband is drowned. 2Dads confronts Fraser, who admits to working with the pirates but denies involvement in the diver’s death. 2Dads threatens to go to the captain, but Fraser brings up 2Dad’s dodgy past and current financial difficulties making it clear that no one would believe him.

Meanwhile, Swain and XO find discrepancies in the story of Eliza Lang (Alex Ashton), the diver’s wife, and suspect she may have orchestrated the drowning to gain her husbands life insurance. Eliza realising the crew is on to her scheme manages to get back aboard her yacht and slip away. Hammersley locates the yacht but this time finds Eliza drowned.

Fraser has managed to convince 2Dads he had nothing to do with the attack on the Langs, and is now confident that 2Dads will keep quiet, offering to cut him in on some of the profits from the scam. Meanwhile, the XO is briefing the team on the boarding of an FFV, and Fraser and 2Dads are to be part of the boarding party. The operation turns out to be a sting to catch the pirates and Fraser, whom 2Dads had reported to the CO the previous day. Charge finds romance online, but it turns out to be another scam by Fraser.

Sea Patrol Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 08 July 2010.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Rating: 12+.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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