The crew of a fishing boat was whiling away a few lonely hours on the high seas watching a saucy film, not realising that they had left the radio transmitting on the emergency channel, thus blocking all Mayday radio comms for a 30-mile radius.
As the salty seamen settled down to watch Crash - a tale involving people who find car crashes more erotic than do most - they managed to wedge the emergency radio channel open. Their chosen entertainment for the evening was thus broadcast across the airwaves for hours before coastguards dispatched a life boat to alert the men to their error, the BBC reports.
The coastguard was also in contact with Channel Four, and asked the channel to broadcast a message to the sailors over the film. The lifeboat reached the crew just in time to prevent news of the cock-up being broadcast live to the nation.