‘The lucky ones died that night’: lies, survivor guilt and the Voyager disaster

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Exclusive: A sailor who survived the naval disaster says he was pressured by a British officer to withhold evidence

A crewman on HMAS Voyager who narrowly escaped from the wheelhouse of the ship before it sank in 1964 was intimidated into silence for more than half a century by a British naval officer who rose to become an admiral in the Royal Navy.

Alex Hagerty was one of three men in the wheelhouse of the Voyager on the evening of 10 February 1964 when the vessel was struck by its much larger flagship aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne. Voyager was cut in half and sunk with the loss of 82 lives.

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