Kirk and Sophia in Tyne rescue
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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