Australian Story - Oceans of Doubt (Sydney to Hobart Race)
In this special two part edition Australian Story follows one man's dream to build the ultimate racing yacht and win the prestigious Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
Instead, within months of being launched, the 15 metre 'Excalibur' capsized when her keel fell off in the early hours of evening off the NSW mid north coast. John Rogers and Brian McDermott were the only survivors. The other four crew, all from Melbourne, died.
Rogers and McDermott survived a seven hour ordeal lashed together in rough seas, clutching an EPIRB and a strobe light. Summonsed by rescue authority AMSA and guided by the light, a 50,000 tonne container ship attempted to rescue the men, only to run them over first.
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