Dangerous Coast

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The west coast of Britain is one of the most dangerous coasts in the world, and on 23rd April 1947 a 7,000 ton liberty ship, the S.S. "Samtampa", entered the Bristol Channel in a strengthening gale. The "Samtampa" quickly got into difficulty, and the Mumbles lifeboat was called out to render assistance. 

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Release Date 1997
Running Time 22 Minutes
Format B&W

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The west coast of Britain is one of the most dangerous coasts in the world, and on 23rd April 1947 a 7,000 ton liberty ship, the S.S. "Samtampa", entered the Bristol Channel in a strengthening gale. The "Samtampa" quickly got into difficulty, and the Mumbles lifeboat was called out to render assistance. Several hours later, the "Samtampa" lay wrecked on the rocks of Sker Point, Porthcawl in Glamorgan, with the Mumbles lifeboat capsized nearby, there were no survivors.
Many of the scenes in this remarkable and memorable film have been carefully recreated, including the "Samtampa", the lifeboat "Edward Prince of Wales", the Coastguard and bystanders at Sker Point as the ship ran aground, attempts to launch rockets over the wreck, and subsequent burning of the doomed lifeboat.