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Shipwrecks of massive scale have rocked the world and baffled investigators, as the truth of what happened is often lost to the depths of the ocean. This series examines some of the most mysterious sea disasters within the past 50 years. These include an icy fight for survival on an Antarctic cruise, the mysterious sinking of cargo carrier MV Derbyshire in 1980, and the largest cold water rescue in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard. Investigators look into the true story of the Mary Celeste, what was left behind in shipwrecks, and what might cause a crew to abandon ship.

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When a violent crack tears the MSC Napoli apart in January 2017, the crew is left stranded in the English Channel; rescuers must retrieve the crew and move the ship away from busy shipping lanes; investigators discover an alarming design flaw.
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Deadly flooding sinks the Alaska Ranger in March 2008, forcing the crew to abandon ship into the frigid waters off the coast of Alaska; their retrieval marks the largest cold water rescue in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard.
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A February 2007 adventure cruise ends in disaster when MV Explorer sinks in Antarctica, stranding 144 passengers and crew in inflatable rafts to face the sub-arctic temperatures of the South Pole.
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Investigators struggle to determine why the world's largest rock discharge carrier capsized in a Norwegian shipping channel.
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The crew of a bulk carrier finds itself in mortal danger after assisting a ship in distress in the stormy Atlantic.
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When a massive bulk carrier is swallowed up by a typhoon, the crew's grieving families form their own investigation.

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