On the Edge of Survival

A Shipwreck, A Raging Storm, and the Harrowing Alaskan Rescue That Became A Legend

Walker, Spike

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
On the Edge of Survival
From the acclaimed author whose beloved books inspired the hit television show, The Deadliest Catch, comes a thrilling true adventure tale in the Alaskan seas A Malaysian cargo ship on its way from Seattle, Washington to China ran aground off the coast of western Alaska's Aleutian Islands on December 8, 2004 during a brutal storm, leading to one of the most incredible Coast Guard rescue missions of all time.Two Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopters lifted off immediately from Air Station Kodiak during the driving storm in an effort to rescue the ship's eighteen crew members before it broke apart and sank in the freezing waters. Nine of the crew were lifted from the ship and dropped aboard a nearby Coast Guard cutter. But during attempts to save the last eight crew members, one of the Jayhawks was engulfed by a rogue wave that broke over the bow of the ship. When its engines flamed out from ingesting water, the Jayhawk crashed into the sea. The seven crew members from the ship who had been hoisted into the aircraft, along with the chopper's three-man crew, plunged into the bitterly cold ocean where hypothermia began to set in immediately.Interviewing all the surviving participants of the disaster and given access to documents and photos, acclaimed author Spike Walker has once again crafted a white-knuckle read of survival and death in the unforgiving Alaskan waters.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0312286341
Branch Call Number: 910.916434 W184o 2010
Characteristics: 279 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,22 cm


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List - Sea voyages gone wrong by: multcolib_tamaf Jun 22, 2014

Deadliest Catch fans will appreciate hearing more about Alaska’s dangerous environment, and there is plenty of tense human drama for even the most hardened disaster epic fan.

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