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Deadliest Sea

The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guard History
Thompson, Kalee (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Soon after 2:00 A.M. on Easter morning, March 23, 2008, the fishing trawler Alaska Ranger began taking on water in the frigid Bering Sea. While the first mate broadcast Mayday calls to a Coast Guard station more than 800 miles away, the men scrambled to inflate life rafts. By 4:30, the wheelhouse was just barely visible, and most of the 47 crew were in the water, wearing the red survival suits--many torn or inadequately sized--that were supposed to keep them from freezing to death. Two Coast Guard helicopter rescue teams battled snow squalls, enormous swells, and gale-force winds. Before dawn, the Coast Guard had lifted more than twenty men from the freezing waves--more than any other cold-water Coast Guard rescue in history. This book recounts the harrowing stories of both the rescuers and the rescued, and investigates the negligence that leads to the sinking of dozens of ships each year.--From publisher description.
Authors: Thompson, Kalee
Title: Deadliest sea
the untold story behind the greatest rescue in Coast Guard history
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 309 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., map ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Kalee Thompson
Contents: The Alaska Ranger
"Go to the suits!"
Always ready
Best speed
"Abandon ship!"
The observers
Alone in the waves
Swimmer in the water
Sick at sea
Man down
Out of the cold
Death at the extremes
The final search
The investigation
Summary: Soon after 2:00 A.M. on Easter morning, March 23, 2008, the fishing trawler Alaska Ranger began taking on water in the frigid Bering Sea. While the first mate broadcast Mayday calls to a Coast Guard station more than 800 miles away, the men scrambled to inflate life rafts. By 4:30, the wheelhouse was just barely visible, and most of the 47 crew were in the water, wearing the red survival suits--many torn or inadequately sized--that were supposed to keep them from freezing to death. Two Coast Guard helicopter rescue teams battled snow squalls, enormous swells, and gale-force winds. Before dawn, the Coast Guard had lifted more than twenty men from the freezing waves--more than any other cold-water Coast Guard rescue in history. This book recounts the harrowing stories of both the rescuers and the rescued, and investigates the negligence that leads to the sinking of dozens of ships each year.--From publisher description.
ISBN: 0061766291
9780061766299
Branch Call Number: 910.916451 T4736d 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: United States. Coast Guard Search and rescue operations Bering Sea Search and rescue operations Bering Sea Shipwrecks Bering Sea Alaska Ranger (Trawler)
Topical Term: Search and rescue operations
Shipwrecks
LCCN: 2010001922
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List - Sea voyages gone wrong by: multcolib_tamaf Jun 23, 2014

The true story of the greatest rescue in U.S. Coast Guard history. Recounting the sinking of the fishing trawler, Alaska Ranger, in the Bering Sea and its aftermath in March 2008. Real life action and adventure at its finest.


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Dec 20, 2013
  • JUDYHAZEL64 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A really well written and gripping book. Highly recommend.

Amazing book - shows how desparate some companies are for money, and people are for good pay despite atrocious safety concerns! But describes in detail how the Coast Guard saves people under the terrible conditions of the Bering Sea. Also the reader becomes aware of how dangerous it is for the people who procure our fish supply, even in the United States.

Oct 19, 2010
  • pmoloney rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An excellent non-fiction read. In fact, reads as well as a thriller novel.

Kalee Thompson's narrative had me hooked to stay up into the wee hours of the night to read. I could close my eyes and picture what was happening.

A very unfortunate event that had very heroic moments and the Coast Guard efforts must be commended.

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