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Sea of Fire (2007)

TV Movie | 60 min | Documentary, War

The story of the HMS Coventry, which was bombed during the Falklands conflict and sunk in a mere 20 minutes. On 2nd April 1982 Argentinean troops invaded the Falkland Islands. The HMS Coventry, a key warship in the British fleet was sent ...See moreThe story of the HMS Coventry, which was bombed during the Falklands conflict and sunk in a mere 20 minutes. On 2nd April 1982 Argentinean troops invaded the Falkland Islands. The HMS Coventry, a key warship in the British fleet was sent to join the conflict. Despite knowing the odds were against them, they were a successful and confident crew under a trusted leader - Captain Hart Dyke. As other ships were targeted around them, the Coventry felt invincible. But their luck was about to run out. At the height of the conflict, Coventry was sent on a suicide mission to deliberately act as bait for enemy bomber-fighters. Obligingly, on May 25th the Argentineans sent waves of Skyhawks armed with British made bombs to take out the British destroyer. At first Coventry had the upper hand, claiming three kills with her Sea Dart missiles, but just as Captain Hart-Dyke thought he had weathered the storm, the Argentineans launched one last attack... Three bombs hit the Coventry, killing 19 men and leaving many of the crew injured. Within 20 minutes the ship had capsized. The survivors evacuated in darkness, through choking black smoke and buckled ladders and finally had to jump overboard into the freezing South Atlantic. This film uses his testimony, together with some of his ship's company in a combination of interviews, dramatic reconstructions and archive, allowing us to witness the unfolding war through their eyes. Written by Anonymous See less
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David Bark-Jones
David Hart Dyke David Hart Dyke   See fewer
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Steve Chaplin
Sam MacFarlane Sam MacFarlane   See fewer
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Robert Lowe
Tim 'Trev' Trevarthen Tim 'Trev' Trevarthen   See fewer
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Alan Medcroft
Russell 'Eli' Ellis Russell 'Eli' Ellis   See fewer
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Chris Howe Chris Howe   See fewer
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Philip Rham
Admiral Woodward Admiral Woodward   See fewer
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Nick Rickard
Peter Bradford Peter Bradford   See fewer
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6.9 / 10 | 8 votes