The Finest HoursThe Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.
This film is based on the true story and the book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias.
In February of 1952, a strong storm hit the coast of New England. In the middle of the storm, the oil tanker SS Pendleton found itself in trouble. Then, to make matters worse, the ship literally broke in half. Ray Sybert and thirty two other men found themselves in the back half of the ship being pummeled by the storm. Despite being in half a ship, they still managed to have power and a working engine, but no radio. With only a horn to call for help, they began trying to find a way to buy themselves time until rescue.
Fortunately, their calls for help were heard on shore. And only one U.S. Coast Guard station was anywhere near the ship to attempt a rescue. However, any rescue would have to face mountainous waves, frigid temperatures, a treacherous exit from the local bay, and nighttime conditions. They also didn’t know the location of the ship or if it was still afloat. Into these conditions went Boatswains Mate First Class Bernard Webber and three other men on what many deemed a suicide mission.
The Finest Hours is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril.