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02.26.2009

A SHIPWRECK ON THE HIGH SEAS FORCES A MOTHER TO MAKE AN UNTHINKABLE CHOICE IN THE FINAL EPISODE OF "LIVE TO TELL," A LIMITED-RUN SERIES FROM THE PRODUCERS OF "48 HOURS," SATURDAY, FEB. 28

In June of 2005, the Silverwood family of San Diego, Calif., was living a dream. Jean and John Silverwood and their four children were sailing around the world when suddenly there was a catastrophic accident. As their boat starts sinking, Jean faces an unthinkable choice: should she save her husband...or her children?  Now Jean Silverwood tells her family's story in LIVE TO TELL: "Black Wave," on Saturday, Feb. 28 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

 

This third and final episode in the LIVE TO TELL series from the producers of 48 HOURS chronicles the extraordinary story of the Silverwood family and their fight for survival as told in their own words.  When the family first sets sail in their sleek 55-foot catamaran they have no idea that the emotional baggage they brought on board will nearly sink them. They struggle to hold the family together as anger, tension and secrets threaten to pull them apart. And then, almost two years into their journey, suddenly, without warning, their catamaran strikes a hidden reef and they learn what it means to be on the brink of death, and what they truly mean to each other.

 

As they desperately try to reverse course, a massive wave forces the 2,500 pound mast to fall on John, pinning him to the deck and instantly crushing his leg. While water continues to pound what remains of the boat, John loses blood at a rapid pace, leaving his wife Jean to face the decision of her life: to abandon her husband and save her children, or risk all of their lives in an attempt to save him.

 

It's an almost unbelievable tale of physical and emotional rescue and survival.

 

From the producers of 48 HOURS MYSTERY, each broadcast in the LIVE TO TELL series delivers an unfiltered, first-hand account from extraordinary individuals who came face-to-face with death but refused to give in.

 

Some people look death in the eye...and Live to Tell. Click here to watch a preview. Click here to view photos from the shipwreck.

 

The series was created by Judy Tygard, and Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer. LIVE TO TELL: "Black Wave" was produced by Chuck Stevenson, Chris Young, Gregory F. McLaughlin, Doreen Schechter and Joan Adelman.

 

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Press Contact:              Danielle Lynn                 212.975.5959 or dlynn@cbsnews.com