Real Survival Stories

Abandon Ship: Sinking in 30-Foot Waves (Part 1 of 2)

Aug. 2, 2023

A rookie sailor goes looking for adventure in the remote waters of the sub-Antarctic… and finds it. Matt Lewis joins the crew of a deep sea fishing trawler sailing out of Cape Town. But far out in the South Atlantic, a polar storm will catch them all unawares. Battered by giant swells, before they know what’s hit them they’re taking on water. The ship is going down… Many thanks to Matt Lewis. For more on his story, read Last Man Off: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Antarctic Seas. A Noiser production, written by Susan Allott. For ad-free listening, exclusive content and early access to new episodes, join Noiser+. Click the Noiser+ banner to get started with a 7-day free trial. Or, if you’re on Spotify or Android, go to Learn more about your ad choices. Visit neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.