On Friday 13 September 1940, a ship, The City of Benares, set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and sank. Only eleven of the evacuees survived.
Two fifteen year old school girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive.
LIFEBOAT tells their extraordinary true story, a story of courage, of resilience and of enduring friendship.
An accomplished drama tells the true story of two life-long friends who faced the fury of the Atlantic Ocean for 19 hours during WWII
Thoroughly engaging and pays a fine tribute to the victims of an appalling tragedy