2013 Lecture: A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival, and Incredible Rescue
Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Bath, United States
Michael Tougias' most recent work chronicles how seventy foot waves batter a tattered life raft 250 miles out to sea in one of the world’s most dangerous places, the Gulf Stream. Hanging onto the raft are three men, a Canadian, a Brit, and their captain. The waves repeatedly toss the men out of their tiny vessel as four Coast Guardsmen battling hurricane force winds in their Jayhawk helicopter attempt to reach them. When the crew arrive on site they are astounded to find crashing seas in excess of seventy feet. The pilots wonder if they have a realistic chance of saving the sailors clinging to the broken life raft, and if they will be able to retrieve their own rescue swimmer from the towering seas.
This 2007 disaster prompted one of the largest and most intense rescue in Coast Guard history. In this presentation author Michael Tougias will use slides of the storm, the survivors, and the rescue to transport the audience into the heart of the storm so that they ask themselves ‘what would I have done.’ Heart-pounding action for the avid armchair adventurer!
Michael J. Tougias is an award-winning author of 20 books with Simon & Schuster. Tougias has received the American Library Association “Editors Choice” Award and the Independent Publishers “Best Nature Book of the Year” award. Disney Studio’s is currently filming the movie version of his book The Finest Hours.
A book signing will follow the program, and the presentation is suitable for all ages.
Maine Maritime Museum offers a myriad of opportunities to explore Maine’s maritime heritage and culture and to experience the mystique of Maine.
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