February 16th 1986 and a Russian cruise line, the Mikhail Lermontov, struck rocks off Cape Jackson in the Marlborough Sounds. The ship carried 408 mostly elderly Australian passengers and a crew of 330. Although the ship drifted and eventually sank in Port Gore, only one Russian sailor died. This Lynton Diggle-directed documentary was shot during the following months and the camera followed dive teams into the black depths of the vessel. Their difficult task in hazardous conditions was to salvage oil from the wreck and preserve Marlborough's coastline.
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Television, 2000 (Full Length)
A look at the sinking and salvage effort shot in the immediate aftermath of the sinking.
Television, 1974 (Full Length)
An episode on shipwreck-averting lighthouses
More Marlborough Sounds action
Short Film, 1964 (Full Length)
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Television, 1979 (Full Length)
More underwater camera work from Lynton Diggle