But before you speculate about whether the delegation from New College Durham had been over doing it with the rum rations, the Sophia Loren in question was in fact a trawler which got into trouble. The trawler was towed into port by the Example - the ship carrying the students, which is owned by Newcastle university.
Overseeing the operation, as the students learned first-hand about maritime rescue, was a Petty Officer aboard the Example. His name - Kirk Douglas.
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