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Saving ships from the ravages of nature, intense fires and cruel seas is one of the most dangerous operations known to man. When giant tankers, freighters, ferries or cruise vessels sink or burn, their last chance for survival rests in the hands of elite emergency marine salvage teams who battle hurricane-force winds, heavy swells and poisonous gases to rescue ships in duress.

In National Geographic Channel's Salvage Code Red, salvors race against time to rescue stricken ships, their cargo and crew, and prevent environmental disaster. Divers venture with helmet cameras inside sunken vessels to capture gripping footage of abandoned behemoths. The series takes viewers inside the bowels of a burning ship while intricate CGI illustrates the immense challenges, and some innovative solutions, in hauling and repairing a sinking vessel.

In Firestorm, a multi-million dollar ferry becomes an inferno, burning uncontrollably for days until a salvage crew climbs onboard to battle lingering blazes, and savage seas tear apart a U.K. truck ferry. Two rookie salvage masters undergo a baptism by fire in Typhoon Showdown when a typhoon-battered Russian coal freighter forces the salvage team to abandon their divers overnight and a stranded Mexican ferry threatens a coastal reef. Heading back to the Russian freighter in Breaking Point, a salvage diver suffers a close call after becoming disoriented by violent wave surges while a storm wreaks havoc and causes substantial loses for a team salvaging a sunken freighter off the Strait of Gibraltar.


  • Salvage Code Red: Fire Storm
    After putting out the fire, the team needs to refloat Riverdance. The ship has to be saved before a storm tears it apart.
  • Salvage Code Red: Blown Away
    The Arcangel is in danger of leaking hundreds of litres of fuel onto the reef. The team must now use a floating barge to pull the boat off the reef.
  • Salvage Code Red: Dangerous Seas
    The Russian coal freighter, Jane, is beached and is now rapidly corroding. Divers need to see whether Jane is too damaged to refloat.
  • Salvage Code Red: Graveyard Coast
    Salvage master needs to slice the boat into sections to remove it. They must devise a way to access the ship without contending with the pounding waves.
  • Salvage Code Red: Deep Trouble
    Haven is now corroding serious at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. The salvage team must swim down to 70 meters to pump the boat dry of oil!
  • Salvage Code Red: Gulf Oil Disaster
    20th April 2010,an oil rig on the Deepwater Horizon exploded.If the rig is lost, the US could be facing the biggest catastrophes in oil spill history.
  • Salvage Code Red: Coastal Crisis
    The refloat attempt of the Colombo Queen continues in Taiwan, as salvers return to the wreck site after typhoon Morakot has passed.
  • Salvage Code Red: Disaster Zone
    During the height of the storm a ship was forced into Kentings National Park. The tanker is heading in the direction of a aquarium.
  • Salvage Code Red: Oil Jockeys
    The challenge was not only to save the living cargo but to keep oil from spilling and establish a way to refloat the vessel before it’s too late.
  • Salvage Code Red: Toxic Threat
    Can the salvage team remove the potentially toxic and environmentally hazardous substances from the ship, in extreme and dangerous conditions?
  • Salvage Code Red: Typhoon Alley
    An unusual salvage operation, to battle against the clock in their attempt to drag an over two thousand ton dry dock, onto dry land.


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