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.
Caught in a storm, Hammersley responds to an EPIRB signal, rescuing Lara Strauss (Lauren Dillon) from debris. After transferring Lara to the Newcastle, Hammersley continues the search. They come across a salvager, Albie Dumas (Andy Anderson), arguing with Karl (Steve Le Marquand), the brother of Martin Strauss over the right to dive the wreck for salvage, but manage to defuse the situation. On shore, Kate meets Lara, who warns the XO that the salvager is in danger. Before she can give any more information, they are attacked by Karl and his friends. Dutchy, disobeying a “suggestion” from the XO to stay away, intervenes and drives the attackers away, but they grab Lara and take her with them. Hammersley catches up with Albie’s boat, but he and his crew are found murdered.
2Dads calls in on Bomber while on shore leave and their encounter violates the Navy intraship fraternisation regulations.
While the ship is in port to fix the malfunctioning radio, Dutchy dives on the yacht wreck, but doesn’t return. The Hammersley investigates and finds Dutchy in the water, injured. Bringing him on board, a gold bar is found in his wetsuit. The bar is identified as part of a shipment that was hijacked a month prior. Dutchy’s photos of the wreck reveal a missing inflatable boat. Estimating the course of the boat, Hammersley searches an island and finds one of the thieves holding Lara hostage. She explains that her husband was unsatisfied with his share of the gold and fled with the whole take. XO and Bomber escort Lara and one of the thieves back to the RHIB. Further up the beach 2Dads and Swain spot Lara’s husband Martin (Tim McDonald) and chase after him, 2Dads manages to catch him and in doing so finds the stash of stolen gold Martin has been hiding. Unbeknown the 2Dads during the pursuit Swain has been intercepted by Karl and the rest of the gang, so when 2Dads returns to the beach with Martin they are met at gunpoint by Karl’s men, who force them to retrieve the gold onto their boat.
Realising something is wrong when they can’t reach Swain by radio Reinforcements arrive from Hammersley, including Dutchy. They manage to surround Karl and force his surrender rescuing 2Dads and Swain, but Dutchy’s injury has not fully healed and he collapses. Back on Hammersley, high on pethidine Dutchy has a very lovely moment with the XO.
Swain walks in on 2Dads and Bomber making out. Bomber decides to be the one transferred and changes her mind about renewing her contract.
Sea Patrol Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 22 July 2010.
- Running Time: 42 minutes.
- Rating: 12+.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.