Angus is shouting now, too, has seized someone (a seaman) by the lapels: “Make way there! Get those lashings loose.” He is clearly in some kind of authority, because people, mainly half-dressed civilians, are climbing into the lifeboat, as he points and yells, overseeing the operation.
We see a name painted on the side of the lifeboat: City of Cairo.
“Heave out there, heave out!”
The boat is now being lowered, and Angus takes a moment to look around him.
“Angus, Angus.” Through the confusion of sound and activity, it gradually becomes clear that someone is shouting for him. He looks a little puzzled, as if the voice were coming from elsewhere, some other place or time.
• Scene [Helping Bob (Friday, 6/11, c. 1.10 a.m.)]
Angus re-enters the slipstream, and starts to make his way to starboard, pushing past busy sailors and milling passengers.
He collides with Bob, who shouts, clearly on the edge of panic: “I can’t lower the bloody boat.”
Angus climbs inside the stalled lifeboat to try and clear a rope, which he does (after a couple of tries) with a violent flick of the wrist; then stays there, fending the boat off the side with a boat-hook, as they begin to lower it into the foaming sea.
The camera draws us down into the water.
“Angus, Angus.” A voice is echoing in his ears, but now it sounds like a woman’s voice; we cannot tell whether young or old.
• Scene [Swimming (Friday 6/11, c. 1.15 a.m.)]
CLOSE-UP as Angus’s eyes open again. The camera draws back to make it apparent that he is now floating in the sea, supported by his yellow Mae West lifejacket. His lips move. Though clearly dazed, he is trying to say something. It is a name: “Ellen.”