Sea Patrol (2011): S05E12 – Saving Ryan


The fifth and final series of the Australian drama Sea Patrol began airing as Sea Patrol 5: Damage Control on 26 April 2011.


The Hammersley crew boards an FFV, and finds four people murdered and a few terrified survivors, one of whom screams that they were attacked by the Australian navy. Kate starts throwing up for no apparent reason. Back at NAVCOM, Maxine White tells Mike and Kate that the evidence indicates that the FFV was attacked by the “Sassy,” a boat owned by GD Security, a mercenary group run by a former SAS agent, Garth Davidson. Hammersley is tasked with intercepting the Sassy and bringing Garth Davidson back to port. Maxine privately asks Mike for his help in finding her AWOL son, Ryan. Boarding Sassy, the Hammersley crew discovers a large number of weapons and a foreign diplomat, Mr Tagobe. But Davidson has all the necessary paperwork for the armaments. Kate throws up again, but says she is fine. Meanwhile, Jessica Bird finds Ryan in hiding below decks. Ryan claims he is out of the navy and in training with GD Security. He begs the reluctant Bird to keep his presence a secret. The Feds clear Davidson of the attack on the FFV.

Kate consults Swain about her nausea; he offers her nausea medication and a pregnancy test. Mike goes with Dutchy to GD Security’s training centre to get Ryan. Maxine calls to tell Mike that Stewart White, Ryan’s father, has succumbed to cancer. Ryan is insolent and dismissive when informed of Stewart White’s death, his own AWOL status, and that his upcoming mission with GD Security could cost him his life. Hammersley is ordered to escort Sassy, with Minister Tagobe and the diamonds he is carrying, back to international waters, and return the weapons. Swain arrests Ryan, but Maxine tells Mike that Ryan is no longer navy. Later, there is another mayday call from Davidson on Sassy. He claims to be under attack by pirates. When Hammersley arrives, they find five bodies, including Tagobe, but neither Ryan nor Davidson. Mike informs Maxine that it looks like Ryan is dead. Mike is determined to find out what happened and decides to go on a “goodwill” visit to Moroko, where there is a thriving diamond trade. They discover a known diamond trader and Davidson, very much alive, on his way to meet him. Mike confronts Davidson about Ryan.

Davidson repeats his pirate story and tells Mike Ryan is dead and that he (Davidson) was the only survivor. Collecting evidence against Davidson, Mike sees someone he thinks is Ryan and chases him. It is not Ryan, but a young man named Jesus, who leads Mike to his injured son. Back on Hammersley, Ryan explains what actually happened, laying the blame for the deaths squarely on Davidson. A very happy Maxine tells Mike that Davidson was desperate to disappear because a video showing him ordering the massacre of Iraqi civilians has appeared on the internet. Hammersley finds the new boat on which Davidson and Sahid had left Moroko. Sahid has killed himself. Davidson thinks he has won, but Mike is furious, and, when Davidson starts a fight, he finishes it. Back on Hammersley, Davidson, certain that he is the only survivor, sticks to his story until he is confronted by Ryan, proving he is lying.

Maxine is waiting to take Ryan to the hospital and, while Mike acknowledges her from the ship, decides to visit later. Mike tells Kate that the whole ship has been saying she is pregnant. She tells him she is not but asks him “how would you feel if I was?”

Sea Patrol Series

You can find a full index and overview of Sea Patrol here.

You can find a full index of Sea Patrol Series 05 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 05 July 2011.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Rating: 12+.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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