Dave discovered when he took a job to prove the versatility of helicopters in whaling that the dangers and death cited in Moby Dick can still prevail. The skeptical captain and mate of the 30,000 ton Southern Queen doubted the efficiency of the helicopter J-5 in spotting operations, for the year before aircraft had proved a fiasco in reconnaissance. But mechanic Dave and pilot Pete Sanders nearly lost their lives to prove otherwise. The story mounts in drama as Dave and Pete are lost in an Antarctic gale with their lives hanging on the effectiveness of a makeshift radio transmitter. Thar she blows -- updated.