A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and an Incredib

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 15, 2013 - Nature - 224 pages
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FROM MASTERFUL STORYTELLER MICHAEL J. TOUGIAS COMES A NEW, HEART-STOPPING TRUE-LIFE TALE OF MARITIME DISASTER, SURVIVAL, AND DARING RESCUE, HIS MOST THRILLING AND AMAZING STORY YET.

Seventy-foot waves batter a torn life raft 250 miles out to sea in one of the world’s most dangerous places, the Gulf Stream. Hanging on to the raft are three men, a Canadian, a Brit, and their captain, JP de Lutz, a dual citizen of America and France. Their capsized forty-seven-foot sailboat has filled with water and disappeared below the tempestuous sea. The giant waves repeatedly toss the men out of their tiny vessel, and JP, with nine broken ribs, is hypothermic and on the verge of death. The captain, however, is a remarkably tough character, having survived a brutal boyhood, and now he must rely on the same inner strength to outlast the storm.

Trying to reach these survivors before it’s too late are four brave Coast Guardsmen battling hurricane- force winds in their Jayhawk helicopter. They know the waves will be extreme, but when they arrive they are astounded to find that the monstrous seas have waves reaching eighty feet. Lowering the wind-whipped helicopter to drop a rescue swimmer into such chaos will be extremely dangerous. 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 even retrieve their own rescue swimmer from the towering seas. Once they commit to the rescue, they find themselves in almost as much trouble as the survivors, facing one life-and-death moment after the next.

Also caught in the storm are three other boats, each one in a Mayday situation. Of the ten people on these boats, only six will ever see land again.

Spellbinding, harrowing, and meticulously researched, A Storm Too Soon is a vivid account about the powerful collision between the forces of nature and the human will to survive. Author Michael J. Tougias, known for his fast-paced writing style and character-driven stories, tells this true saga in the present tense to give the reader a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat immediacy. A Storm Too Soon is Tougias at his masterful best and a heart-pounding narrative of survival, the power of the human spirit, and one of the most incredible rescues ever attempted.
 

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I had first heard this story first hand from one of men rescued. Rudy Snel was a member of my investment club and at one of meetings shortly after his rescue, he showed us the video taken from the ... Read full review

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Contents

FloridaCountdown to the Crossing
3
Riding the Gulf Stream
17
Spirits Are High
23
The Gathering Storm
29
A Chaotic Brew of Water and a Terrifying Night
36
Help Is Greatly Needed
42
Multiple Maydaysthe SAR Command Center
53
The Wave
60
Tether Ourselves Together
117
Mark Mark Mark
126
Like a Hockey Puck on Ice
133
Deploying the Swimmer
139
As If Shot from a Cannon
150
Theyre Not Coming for Us
156
Hes Going to Drown
162
The Flying Colours
173

The Life Raft
66
Into the Sea
77
Tumbling in Chaos
86
Convulsions
98
Need Max Gas
105
Heading Home
180
Tribute to the Crew of the Flying Colours
195
Authors Note and Acknowledgments
201
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Michael J. Tougias is the author of a number of books, including Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy; Overboard!; The Finest Hours (with Casey Sherman), soon to be a major motion picture from Disney; Fatal Forecast; and Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do. He is a sought-after lecturer who gives more than seventy presentations each year. He lives in Massachusetts.

 

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