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.
Deadliest Sea
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.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0061766291
Branch Call Number: 910.916451 T4736d 2010
Characteristics: 309 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., map ;,24 cm


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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.

Sep 14, 2012

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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