In August 1991 the Oceanos cruise ship took off from East London, South Africa and headed towards Durban. More than 500 passengers sailed away from East London not knowing they would soon experience the most horrifying night of their lives.
As the ship headed into heavy 40-knot winds and 30 ft swells, the anticipated party on deck with musicians and magicians was moved indoors into a Four Seasons lounge. As time passed the storm worsened. Hours later the ship lost the powering and water started flooding the Oceanos through a leak in the engine room’s sea chest.
The crew boarded the lifeboats and left the ship abandoning all passengers. Guitar player Moss Hills and his wife Tracy were part of the entertainers in the planned party. Moss knew something was off from the moment the power went down. He managed to talk to the captain of ship ‘Nedlloyd Mauritius’ and alert him. The musician was the one who directed the rescue operation. All 571 people were saved thanks to Hills. Moss and Tracy were one of the last people to be pulled out of the water.