In May 2010, two friends set off to row across the Indian Ocean. Having zero rowing experience, they signed up for an organised race - only to find that a lack of entrants meant that there would be no support boat.
Undeterred, but apprehensive, they set off from the Australian Coast - and remarkably, after an eventful 116-day voyage they got to within 5 miles of Mauritius, 3,500 miles to the west. But then - on the very last day - it all started to go horribly wrong, for two of the unlikeliest ocean adventurers ever to appear on film.
Ben Finney is a documentary director, specialising in science and the natural world for television audiences in Britain and abroad. Trained at the BBC’s science department, he worked on the science documentary series Horizon for several years, on projects about quantum physics, cosmology and the brain. Before television, Ben trained as a volcanologist - and he’s also focussed on volcanoes for television, filming on location in Hawaii, Iceland, and Ethiopia.
When his brother-in-law decided to row across the Indian Ocean, Ben provided cameras and advice to help with the on-board filming. But when their boat capsized just a couple of miles from the finish in Mauritius, half that footage was lost - and Ben took on the film with the intention of recreating the dramatic ending to the voyage...