In the sub-zero waters of the Southern Ocean, it's all about survival.
In the spring of 1998, Matt Lewis was just 23 and not long out of college when he accepted a job as a scientific observer on the deep-sea fishing vessel Sudur Havid. It was his first time as an observer and, with the fishing season already started, he was rushed out to Cape Town to join the crew. The boat then sailed off to the Southern Ocean, off South Georgia, to fish in some of the most hostile conditions on the planet.
'Last Man Off' is Matt Lewis's story of that journey and the fateful consequences. It is a story that has waited over 15 years to be told. "I was waiting for more time to make the story less painful," said Lewis.
Matt Lewis was born in Bristol in 1974. He trained as a marine biologist at Bangor University and completed his MSc in marine and fisheries science (with distinction) at Aberdeen University. He now lives in Aberdeen with his wife and two children.
Writer: Matt Lewis
Reader: Sam Troughton
Abridger: Pete Nichols
Producer: Karen Rose
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.