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


Bill Brucato said...

I read this book and I agree, it's a testament to the courage that the men and women of the USCG SAR teams exhibit everyday. Great narrative and compelling story.
It was a very quick read.

Ken E Beck said...

Well said Bill, I agree with your remarks about USCG SAR. Thanks for your comment.