Monday July 22nd, 8pm PERSEUS SURVIVOR - Docudrama - World War II brought to light countless tales of heroics, but one stands out as particularly extraordinary. THE PERSEUS SURVIVOR documents the story of British Navy stoker John Capes, the lone survivor of a sunken submarine who hid from enemy forces for 18 months before his rescue.
THE PERSEUS SURVIVOR reveals the story of the World War II submarine HMS Perseus, which sank in 1941 off the Greek island of Kefalonia, and the one person who miraculously survived.
The Perseus, a British Parthian-class vessel built in 1929, was sunk by depth charges dropped from an Italian ship during a mission. On the submarine was a crew of 59 plus two passengers, one of whom was 31-year-old Navy stoker John Hawtrey Capes. When the sub sank, Capes washed up on the shore of Kefalonia, and for 18 months he hid behind enemy lines, hoping for a rescue that might never come.
After a Royal Navy operation safely brought him back, Capes received a medal for his escape. Despite this, many refused to believe his story, and an intense investigation followed years later by a research team led by American underwater researcher Richie Kohler. Kohler and his team uncovered the secrets behind the incredible events, and brought to light numerous mysteries buried in the dark waters of the Mediterranean. THE PERSEUS SURVIVOR features dramatic reconstructions and contemporary submersible footage of the wreck to bring Capes’ story to life.
Copyright 2019 WLRN 91.3 FM. To see more, visit WLRN 91.3 FM.