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Hi Jack... we just finished watching the doc ourselves, (we PVRd it last night too)
I thought it was well done - and poignantly told the human side of the story. The obvious emotion and concern on the part of the crew (esp the Capt. and the two mates) was powerful stuff.
The Brazilian S&R doesn't come out of it too well (though that is just one side of the story) - at first deciding the EPIRB was a false alarm, and then, after Canadian efforts resulted in a couple of freighters diverting for a 10 hour successful rescue, taking credit by unnecessarily (and against the skipper's wishes) transferring students to a navy vessel for a "rescue photo-op" in Rio.
A remarkable story, though, that all 64 souls survived, got into rafts, and were ultimately rescued. We were enroute to the Caribbean when it occurred and never did see any news reports on it at the time.
Also interesting that 16 of the students involved returned to their new ship on it's first voyage out of Norway.
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)