Soon after the Fair Wind and the Sea Fever reached the fishing ground at Georges Bank, they were hit with hurricane-force winds and massive 90-foot waves that battered the boats for hours. The direction of the wind made it impossible to turn back. The Fair Wind soon capsized, drowning all but one of the crewmembers. The Sea Fever was nearly torn apart.
Here is the hour-by-hour account of the struggles faced by the eight crewmembers of the Fair Wind and the Sea Fever, including the incredible ordeal of Ernie Hazard, who endured three days in a lifeboat in open water. The book also details the dramatic rescue attempts made by the Coast Guard, on a day in which it received more mayday calls than any other in New England history.
©2007 Michael Tougias; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"[A] dramatic, pared-down account....Tougias smartly leavens his spare narrative with similar worst-case scenarios that resulted when other seamen miscalculated the sea's wrathful power." (Publishers Weekly)
The narrator is excellent.
The author brought the reality of these characters into focus for the reader. I liked them all and found myself holding my breath as parts of the story unfolded.
He gave a clear and measured reading of a very tense, emotional story.
Oh yes, it was. If only I was living the kind of life that allowed such a luxury. But alas, work calls on a daily basis, and I must answer.
This true story portrays great heroism and angst as in The Perfect Storm, except that in Fatal Forecast, most of those involved survive. This particular tragedy was due not to the storm so much as to the administrators of the weather service, who neglected to properly maintain storm warning equipment. Fishermen count on regular and presumably accurate forecasts in planning their fishing ventures. On this occasion, the forecast was delayed and erroneous, and directly responsible for the deaths that resulted.
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