help to find a film about an airsea rescue crew

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My Dad watched a movie. He remembers the plot, but not the title or actors.

The lead character is a member of an airsea rescue crew. The movie starts with him returning to duty. His friend was seriously injured covering for him during a rescue op, while he was out talking to his friend's wife. The friend and his wife were having marriage problems. He wasn't having an affair with the wife but all three were friends and she was confiding in him.

The friend blames him for the fact that he is now (in a wheelchair?) 

During a mission to rescue the crew of ship which is on fire, they find one injured crewman and he is winched to safety, but another is still missing and the chopper is running out of flight time, so he stays on board searching and signals them to go back, while he waits for a second chopper.

He finds the crewman, and saves him, but by the time the second chopper arrives the fire is too large and the ship sinks. They find the injured crewman in a life boat after the ship sinks but the rescuer is missing.

The film ends with the woman standing on a beach, staring out to sea. A helicopter appears in the distance and lands. And ... ta da... our hero climbs out.

It's not the Guardian, or The Finest Hour and my googlefu has failed. I can't find it.
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