Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 9, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages
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On a foggy July evening in 1956, the Italian cruise liner Andrea Doria, bound for New York, was struck broadside by another vessel. In eleven hours, she would sink nearly 250 feet to the murky Atlantic Ocean floor. Thanks to a daring rescue operation, only 51 of more than 1,700 people died in the tragedy. But the Andrea Doria is still taking lives.

Considered the Mt. Everest of diving, the Andrea Doria is the ultimate deepwater wreck challenge. Over the years, a small but fanatical group of extreme scuba divers have investigated the Andrea Doria, pushing themselves to the very limits of human endurance to explore her -- and not all have returned. Diver Kevin McMurray takes you inside this elite club with a hard, honest look at those who go deeper, farther, and closer to the edge than others would ever dream.

Deep Descent is the riveting true story of the human spirit overcoming human frailty and of fearsome, mortal risks traded for a hard-core adrenaline rush. Chronicling these adventures in his page-turning narrative and in dozens of dramatic photos, McMurray draws us deeper into the cold heart of the unforgiving sea, giving us a powerful vision of a place to which few will ever have the skills -- or the courage -- to go.

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User Review  - drmaf - LibraryThing

Great book about a fabled sea tragedy and the continuing tragedy of divers who push themselves too far in the pursuit of prized relics from the lost vessel. The Andrea Doria lies virtually at the ... Read full review

DEEP DESCENT: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A freelance journalist and skilled diver chronicles the lives and deaths of those who have explored the wreck of the Andrea Doria.In July 1956, the luxury liner Andrea Doria, inbound from Italy ... Read full review

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Kevin F. McMurray is an award-winning journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, Outside, Yankee, Men's Journal, The Sunday Times (London), Rock and Ice, Cigar Aficionado, and other publications. An avid outdoor adventurer, McMurray is an expert scuba diver and former world record holder for swimming around Manhattan. He lives in Brewster, New York, with his wife and two daughters.

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