Saturday, April 23, 2011
Deadliest Sea - A review
-Captain Lloyd liked to keep the Coast Guard Cutter Munro upwind and at the ice edge during the fishing season in the Bering Sea.
-Peter Barry, who died when the fishing vessel Western Sea sank, was an Ivy League student.
- A pilot pushing a "Herc" to it's limits is "flying the barber pole".
- Running both the heater and the deicer on a Jayhawk helo requires two generators which reduces it's range.
-The F/V Big Valley went down after leaving port early to avoid Charlie Madicott and the Coast Guard's Alternate Compliance Program.
These were the kind of details that made Deadliest Sea: The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guard History by Kalee Thompson a great read.
The book tells the story of the Coast Guard's rescue of 42 crewmembers from the F/V Alaska Ranger. The book is mostly about the rescue itself, the role played by the Cutter Munro, the helo crews, it also tells the story of Ranger crew members.
I very much enjoyed Deadliest Sea - highly recommended.
Alaska Ranger- shitty job shitty boat
Inside the Coast Guard's Most Extreme Rescue Popular Mechanic article by author Kalee Thompson
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