DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Tuesday 1 November, 7.30pm
Swords: Life On The Line enters the high risk world of New England’s off shore fishermen, who risk it all in search of one of the worlds most elusive prey. The Grand Banks off Newfoundland and Georges Bank off the Gulf of Maine hold a valuable commodity: swordfish. The trouble is that these waters are also home to some of the wildest storms on Earth. When cold fronts barrel down from Canada and meet hurricane activity from the South, the results can be deadly. The Hannah Boden vessel witnessed this during the “Perfect Storm” of 1991, when the Andrea Gail went down in 31 metre waves and lost all six of her crew. It has been nearly 20 years since that fateful October, when Linda Greenlaw was the last person to speak to Andrea Gail captain Billy Tyne (portrayed by George Clooney in the 2000 feature film) before his boat and crew were lost at sea.
The new season opens as the wily and calculating Captain Scotty Drabinowicz renews his friendship with the fishing veteran Linda Greenlaw, but as the two steam toward the fishing grounds of the Grand Banks, their alliance is quickly put to the test. Meanwhile, Captain Slick and his young crew of the Frances Anne return to Georges Bank with a greenhorn who can’t seem to get anything right. Will this newbie last the season? Finally, Captain Chris “Chompers” Hansen of the Big Eye scrambles to assemble his crew after dropouts and no shows. Will his ragtag team be able to step it up and deliver a big pay day?