Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska’s High Seas

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St. Martin's Press #ad - Michner as "masterful. As the crew of the la conte begin to die one by one, those sworn to watch over them risk everything to pull off the rescue of the century. Spike walker's memoir of his years as a deckhand in Alaska, Working on the Edge, was hailed by James A. When the fishing vessel la conte sinks suddenly at night in one-hundred-mile-per-hour winds and record ninety-foot seas during a savage storm in January 1998, her five crewmen are left to drift without a life raft in the freezing Alaskan waters and survive as best they can.

One hundred fifty miles away, in sitka, alaska, an H-60 Jayhawk helicopter lifts off from America's most remote Coast Guard base in the hopes of tracking down an anonymous Mayday signal. Will become the definitive account of this perilous trade, an addition to the literature of the sea. In coming back alive, Walker has crafted his most devastating book to date.

Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska's High Seas #ad - . A fisherman's worst nightmare has become a Coast Guard crew's desperate mission. Meticulously researched through hundreds of hours of taped interviews with the survivors, this is the true account of the La Conte's final voyage and the relationship between Alaskan fishermen and the search and rescue crews who risk their lives to save them.

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On the Edge of Survival: A Shipwreck, a Raging Storm, and the Harrowing Alaskan Rescue That Became a Legend

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St. Martin's Press #ad - 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. Nine of the crew were lifted from the ship and dropped aboard a nearby Coast Guard cutter. 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. When its engines flamed out from ingesting water, the Jayhawk crashed into the sea.

On the Edge of Survival: A Shipwreck, a Raging Storm, and the Harrowing Alaskan Rescue That Became a Legend #ad - . From the acclaimed author whose beloved books inspired the hit television show, 2004 during a brutal storm, The Deadliest Catch, Washington to China ran aground off the coast of western Alaska's Aleutian Islands on December 8, comes a thrilling true adventure tale in the Alaskan seas A Malaysian cargo ship on its way from Seattle, 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.

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Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea

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Scribner #ad - As the two small boats headed out to sea, a furious maelstrom the National Weather Service did not accurately locate until the boats were already caught in the storm's grip, a colossal storm was brewing to the southeast, trapped in the treacherous waters of Georges Bank. Most amazing is the story of ernie Hazzard, who managed to crawl inside a tiny inflatable life raft and then spent more than fifty terrifying hours adrift on the stormy open sea.

But the storm soon severely crippled one boat and overturned the other, trapping its crew inside. But the only weather buoy on georges Bank was malfunctioning, and the National Weather Service had failed to share this fact with the fishermen who depended on its forecasts. As gripping and harrowing as the perfect storm - but with a miracle ending - Fatal Forecast is an unforgettable true story about the collision of two spectacular forces: the brutality of nature and the human will to survive.

Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea #ad - On the morning of november 21, 1980, two small massachusetts lobster boats set out for Georges Bank, a bountiful but perilous fishing ground 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Equally riveting are the stories of the brave men and women from the Coast Guard and the crew of a nearby fishing boat who imperiled their own lives that day in order to save the lives of others.

They had no reason to expect that this trip would be any different. A true story of catastrophe and survival at sea, Fatal Forecast is a spellbinding moment-by-moment account of seventy-two hours in the lives of eight young fishermen, some of whom would never set foot on dry land again.

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A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and an Incredib

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Scribner #ad - Spellbinding, harrowing, and meticulously researched, A Storm Too Soon is a vivid account about the powerful collision between the forces of nature and the human will to survive. A storm too soon is tougias at his masterful best and a heart-pounding narrative of survival, the power of the human spirit, and one of the most incredible rescues ever attempted.

Also caught in the storm are three other boats, each one in a Mayday situation. The giant waves repeatedly toss the men out of their tiny vessel, and JP, with nine broken ribs, is hypothermic and on the verge of death. Author Michael J. Tougias, known for his fast-paced writing style and character-driven stories, tells this true saga in the present tense to give the reader a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat immediacy.

A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and an Incredib #ad - The captain, is a remarkably tough character, however, having survived a brutal boyhood, and now he must rely on the same inner strength to outlast the storm. Of the ten people on these boats, only six will ever see land again. Tougias comes a new, survival, and daring rescue, heart-stopping true-life tale of maritime disaster, his most thrilling and amazing story yet.

They know the waves will be extreme, but when they arrive they are astounded to find that the monstrous seas have waves reaching eighty feet. Once they commit to the rescue, they find themselves in almost as much trouble as the survivors, facing one life-and-death moment after the next. Trying to reach these survivors before it’s too late are four brave Coast Guardsmen battling hurricane- force winds in their Jayhawk helicopter.

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Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do

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St. Martin's Press #ad - In the midst of the blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. The coast guard heard the Mayday calls and immediately dispatched a patrol boat. Within an hour, having lost its radar, depth finder, the Coast Guard boat was in as much trouble as the tanker, and engine power in horrendous seas.

Pilot boat captain frank quirk was monitoring the Coast Guard's efforts by radio, and when he heard that the patrol boat was in jeopardy, he decided to act. Gathering his crew of four, the Can Do, he readied his forty-nine-foot steel boat, and entered the maelstrom of the blizzard. Using dozens of interview and audiotapes that recorded every word exchanged between Quirk and the Coast Guard, true account of bravery and death at sea, Tougias has written a devastating, in Ten Hours Until Dawn.

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Deadliest Sea: The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guard History

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Deadliest Sea: The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guard History #ad - It’s the perfect Storm meets Deadliest Catch. The full story of an amazing rescue—where extraordinary courage, ingenuity, will, and technology combined in one of the most remarkable maritime feats ever recorded—has never been told before now. Deadliest sea by kalee Thompson is the spellbinding true story of the greatest rescue in U.

S. Recounting the tragic sinking of the fishing trawler, Alaska Ranger, in the Bering Sea and its remarkable aftermath in March 2008, Deadliest Sea is real life action and adventure at its finest. Coast Guard history.

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Overboard!: A True Blue-water Odyssey of Disaster and Survival

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Scribner #ad - Their ensuing search and rescue mission proved so spectacularly difficult and dangerous that it was later selected—from among thousands of incidents—as the Guard’s search and rescue case of the year. From masterful storyteller Michael J. In may 2005, tom tighe, loch reidy, and his first mate, captain of a forty-five-foot-long sailboat named the Almeisan, welcomed three new crewmembers for a five-day voyage from Connecticut across the blue waters of the Gulf Stream to sun-drenched Bermuda.

By turns tragic, and deeply inspiring, thrilling, unforgettable, Overboard! is a riveting, fast-paced story of death and survival at sea—amazing, and all true. The coast guard, alerted to the Almeisan’s distress, rushed to the storm-tossed scene. Four days into the voyage, an enormous storm struck, sweeping two of the crew into the towering sea.

Overboard!: A True Blue-water Odyssey of Disaster and Survival #ad - Although tighe had made the trip forty-eight times, with Reidy accompanying him on twenty of those voyages, the rest of the crew had joined to learn more about offshore sailing. Highly trained helicopter pilots and rescue swimmers alike found themselves in almost as much trouble as those trapped by the ferocious ocean.

Tougias comes a new, heart-stopping true-life tale of maritime disaster, his most thrilling and amazing story yet. The remaining crewmembers managed to stay aboard the vessel as it was slowly torn apart by the rampaging ocean. Overboard! follows the simultaneous desperate struggles of both those still on the boat and those fighting for their lives in the sea.

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Working on the Edge: Surviving In the World's Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - No profession pits man against nature more brutally than king crab fishing in the frigid, unpredictable waters of the Bering Sea. The yearly death toll is staggering forty-two men in 1988 alone; the conditions are beyond most imaginations 90-mph Arctic winds, and super-human stretches of on-deck labor; but the payback, 25-foot seas, if one survives can be tens of thousands of dollars for a month-long season.

Working on the Edge: Surviving In the World's Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas #ad - In a breathtaking, action-packed account that combines his personal story with the stories of survivors of the industry's most harrowing disasters, Spike Walker re-creates the boom years of Alaskan crab fishing--a modern-day gold rush that drew hundreds of fortune-and adventure-hunters to Alaska's dangerous waters--and the crash that followed.

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Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

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Scribner #ad - In the uproar heard across american media in the days following, a single question persisted: Why did the captain decide to sail? Through hundreds of hours of interviews with the crew members and the coast guard, Michael J. From the author of the fall 2015 disney movie the finest hours, the “thrilling and perfectly paced” Booklist story of the sinking and rescue of Bounty—the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty—which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard.

On thursday, connecticut, october 25, 2012, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail Bounty from New London, to St. Campbell create an in-depth portrait of the enigmatic Captain Walbridge, his motivations, and what truly occurred aboard Bounty during those terrifying days at sea. No one took the captain up on his offer.

Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy #ad - Four days into the voyage, Superstorm Sandy made an almost direct hit on the ship. The captain told the crew that anyone could leave the ship before it sailed. Tougias and Douglas A. Walbridge knew that a hurricane was forecast, yet he was determined to sail. A few hours later, the ship suddenly overturned ninety miles off the North Carolina coast in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic, ” sending the crew tumbling into an ocean filled with towering thirty-foot waves.

The coast guard then launched one of the most complex and massive rescues in its history.

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35 Miles from Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980

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Odyssey Publishing, LLC #ad - Maarten. Corsetti's minute by minute style doesn't miss a thing. His description of the aftermath of the crash, the anguish of the survivors after the ditching, brought the reader right into the midst of the action. William Phenn Readersviews. Com "this gripping account of a tragedy, with heroes galore, is mesmerizing reading.

The subsequent rescue of survivors took nearly three hours and involved the coast guard, navy, and marines. This gripping account of that fateful day recounts what was happening inside the cabin, the cockpit, and the helicopters as the crews struggled against the weather and dwindling daylight to rescue the survivors who have only their life vests and a lone escape chute to keep them afloat.

35 Miles from Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 #ad - Mr. The flight ended four hours and thirty-four minutes later in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. It was, and remains, the only open-water ditching of a commercial jet. Corsetti left no stone unturned in his detailed book of this accident and the rescue that followed. On may 2, 1970, a dc-9 jet with 57 passengers and a crew of six departed New York's JFK International Airport en route to the tropical island of St.

A 4 star rating!" Ron Watson New Book Reviews.

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81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness

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Da Capo Press #ad - A riveting. Saga of survival against formidable odds" washington post about one man who survived a World War II plane crash in Alaska's harsh Yukon territoryShortly before Christmas in 1943, five Army aviators left Alaska's Ladd Field on a routine flight to test their hastily retrofitted B-24 Liberator in harsh winter conditions.

His is a tale of the capacity to endure extreme conditions, intense loneliness, and flashes of raw terror-and emerge stronger than before. The mission ended in a crash that claimed all but one-Leon Crane, a city kid from Philadelphia with no wilderness experience. Crane knew, as did the ladd field crews who searched unsuccessfully for the crash site, that his chance of survival dropped swiftly with each passing day.

81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness #ad - But crane did find a way to stay alive in the grip of the Yukon winter for nearly twelve weeks and, amazingly, walked out of the ordeal intact. 81 days below zero recounts, for the first time, the full story of Crane's remarkable saga. In a drama of staggering resolve and moments of phenomenal luck, Crane learned to survive in the Yukon's unforgiving wilds.

With little more than a parachute for cover and an old Boy Scout knife in his pocket, Crane now found himself alone in subzero temperatures.

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