Cabin Fever Reality Ship Sinks

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'Cabin Fever 1' a tall ship being used in a reality television game show sinks.

  • Title
    Cabin Fever Sinks
  • 1st Broadcast
    14/06/2003
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:35
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Cabin Fever Reality Ship Sinks
  • Extended description

    On Friday 13 June 2003 a tall ship on which the reality programme 'Cabin Fever' was being made ran aground on rocks near Tory Island off the Donegal coast.

    Bernard McMullan reports on the sinking of the ship and how the contestants are recovering. The report shows amateur footage of 'Cabin Fever' contestants on the shore of Tory Island. There are also scenes of the Aer Corps helicopter airlifting a person from the boat and another person swimming to shore. The debris of the ship off the coast of Tory Island is viewable from the aerial shots.

    Julian Vignoles, Cabin Fever Executive Producer, comments that the emphasis now is on the welfare of the contestants.

  • Information

    'Cabin Fever' was a reality game show located on a 90-foot, two mast-schooner. Ten contestants embarked on a sailing trip around the coast of Ireland in a tall ship named 'Cabin Fever 1'. During the eight-week voyage, the contestants would be given challenges and tasks to complete. Each week, the public voted for their favourite contestant; the person with the least number of votes was eliminated from the game and the chance to win €100,000.

    On Friday 13 June 2003, five days after the first programme was aired, 'Cabin Fever 1' ran aground on rocks off Tory Island near the Donegal coast. Within an hour and a half, the ship broke up. Thankfully all the contestants and crew were brought safely ashore.

    A new ship, the 'Johana Lucretia', was brought in and six of the contestants opted to carry on in the competition.

    'Cabin Fever' was produced by COCO Television for RTÉ.

  • Local keywords
    Cabin Fever, CoCo Television, Reality Television, Accidents, Ships, Tory Island, County Donegal, RTÉ
  • Geographical coverage
    Tory Island, Donegal, Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    2003
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    BN03/165
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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