- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Amazing Stories; First Paperback Edition edition (June 1 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554390036
- ISBN-13: 978-1554390038
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,107,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rescues on the High Seas: Tales of Survival, Hope and Bravery Paperback – Jun 1 2005
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A wild and stormy ocean is not a friendly place to be, but for some this is their place of work. In extreme conditions, waves larger than houses can rip oil rigs apart and send them to the bottom of the ocean leaving survivors in desperate need. The response of search and rescue teams in times of danger is marked by courage and fierce determination. And it results in some terrifying stories.
About the Author
Mark Chatham is a Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) officer with the Canadian Coast Guard at MCTS Halifax. He is also a freelance writer. He lives in Dartmouth.See all Product description
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The three stories covered in this book are Blowout on the Vinland, an account of a rescue of personnel on a drilling rig; The Last Voyage of the Rowan Gorilla I, a fascinating tale of the struggle to save a rig and her crew during transport; and The Sinking of the Flare. Each story was researched by consulting eyewitnesses (when available), responders and official documents. The stories contain so much data and so many details that they may stand alone as concise case study digests. Common patterns emerge from the stories: Some people are heroes, and others struggle with moments of terrible weakness and fear, and most often people find themselves in that very human "gray area" in the middle. Good training makes for conditioned response to crises. As a fellow public safety employee, SAR volunteer and EMT in the States, my eyes teared up from time to time not only at the plight of the victims, but at the selfless responders of all stripes who would be rescuers, even if they themselves risked becoming victims.
A great feature of this book is a sort of chat with the author at the end where we get a chance to learn more about his experience and his contact with the figures in the stories.
In addition to the wrenching stories of the struggle for suvival, the author also tells us about lessons that were learned from each of these tragic incidents. Those lessons, which will save untold numbers of persons in the future, are a part of the legacy of those lost. Keep an eye out for additional book(s) in this series by this author.
engaging subject into a bore shows what type of " author" you are dealing with. Unless of course, writing this book was part of therapy class for those with severe head trauma.... pass.