Deadliest Sea: The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue by Kalee Thompson

By Kalee Thompson

quickly after 2:00 <small>A.M.</small> on Easter morning, March 23, 2008, the fishing trawler Alaska Ranger begun taking over water in the course of the frigid Bering Sea. whereas the 1st mate broadcast Mayday calls to a distant Coast safeguard station greater than 8 hundred miles away, the lads at the ship's icy deck scrambled to inflate existence rafts and turn on the beacon lighting fixtures, which might consultant rescuers to them within the water. through 4:30 <small>A.M.</small>, the wheelhouse of the Ranger was once simply slightly seen above the sea's floor, and lots of the forty-seven team participants have been within the water, donning the pink survival suits—a variety of them torn or inadequately sized—that have been presupposed to hold them from freezing to dying. each minute within the twenty-foot swells used to be a struggle for survival. Many knew that in the event that they weren't rescued quickly, they'd drown or freeze to dying.

Coast defend helicopter rescue groups have been woken up in the course of the evening to save lots of the group of the Alaska Ranger. a number of the males notion the undertaking will be regimen. They have been flawed. The helicopter groups battled snow squalls, huge, immense swells, and gale-force winds as they attempted to meet one tenet: store as many as they can. many times, the helicopters diminished a rescue swimmer to the ocean's floor to deliver the shipwrecked males, a few delirious with hypothermia, a few nearly frozen to dying, again to the helicopter and to protection. earlier than the holiday of sunrise, the Coast defend had lifted greater than twenty males from the freezing waves—more than the other cold-water Coast safeguard rescue in historical past.

Deadliest Sea is a bold and enchanting experience story that chronicles the facility of nature opposed to guy, and explores the essence of the terror every one guy and girl needs to face while faced with disaster. It additionally investigates the stunning negligence that results in the sinking of dozens of ships every year, that could be avoided and makes advertisement fishing the most risky occupations on the planet.

With deft writing and technical wisdom, veteran journalist Kalee Thompson recounts the harrowing tales of either the rescuers and the rescued who survived the lethal ordeal within the Bering Sea. alongside the best way, she can pay tribute to the braveness, tenacity, and talent of committed provider those that danger their very own lives for the lives of others.

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Ignoring the advice of his generals, who were only too well aware of the risks involved in waging a two-front war, Hitler was now intent on attacking the Soviet Union. As part of the Luftwaffe force scheduled to take part in the assault on Russia,]G 53 turned its back on the French Channel coast for good early in ] une 1941 and returned to Germany, where the unit would spend a few days at its home bases at Mannheim-Sandhofen and WiesbadenErbenheim, making final preparations for the war in the east.

1. Gruppe, for example, did not achieve a single further kill after the Spitfire claimed southeast of London by Leutnant Wolfgang Tonne on 17 October - the day Hauptmann Hans-Karl Mayer had been reported missing. /]G 53 was credited with three RAP machines destroyed during the course of November, but these were offset by an equal number of losses. Only II. Gruppe ended its part in the Battle with more of a bang than a whimper. Its 18 November victories (achieved at a cost of five pilots lost) included a further halfdozen for Kommandeur Hauptmann Heinz Bretnutz - taking him to 26 overall - plus successes for future Experten Kurt Brandle, Stefan Litjens and Gerhard Michalski, all of whose scores were as yet still in single figures.

OJ ):> --I --I r- m o "'T1 OJ ::JJ --I ):> Z ):> Z o OJ m -< o z o The RAF's famous 'lean into France' of summer 1941 had not yet begun in earnest, but Bomber Command Blenheims were already striking at coastal targets, including Luftwaffe airfields. On 16 April 1941, for example, seven Friedrichs of III. Gruppe were damaged to varying degree in one such early 'Circus' operation against Bercksur-Mer south ofLe Touquet. 1]G 53's Leutnant Herbert Schramm claimed over the Straits on this date remained unconfirmed - presumably from lack ofwitnesses - they may well have been the two Polish-flown machines ofN 0 303 Sqn that formed part of the Blenheims' escort, and which were shot down off Dungeness.

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