* As the tiny boat rocks on the waves threatening to drown it, the four men inside row for their lives, but their chances of surviving the storm seem dismal.
* The cook bails water out of the boat, and the oiler rows the boat while the correspondent tries desperately to figure out what he is doing there.
* Unable to provide physical assistance due to an injury, the captain provides direction and moral support.
* Learning quickly that each wave is followed by another and losing all concept of time, the men focus only on the wave in front of them.
* The men consider the possibility that soon someone will see them from a life-saving station or a house of refuge on shore.
* The cook and the correspondent argue about the difference between a saving station and a house of refuge, but the oiler points out that it is too...
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