272 pages (September 2002)
- ISBN 0813025559
- University Press of Florida
- 15 NW 15th Street
- Gainesville, FL 32611
- Book Description
- This on-the-spot narrative of the February 1997 loss
of three U.S. Coast Guardsmen from the Quillayute River
Station during a maritime rescue is both a commemoration
and a report of the failure of the Coast Guard's senior
leadership to appreciate and support the work of enlisted
men and women at often remote and dangerous small-boat
- The first in-depth look at a small-boat maritime
rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard, this book is also the
first to describe the role of those at small-boat rescue
stations and of the policy setters at Coast Guard
headquarters in Washington, D.C. Its author was in the
right place at the right time on a night when everything
went wrong. From the first alarm to the dramatic
helicopter rescue of the crew of a foundering sailboat,
from the onshore rescue of the sole survivor of the first
dispatched Coast Guard crew to the tragic losses, this
man-against-the-sea tale is told largely in the words of
the participants and others who were with author Dennis
Noble at the station near La Push, Washington, on the
night the tragedy unfolded.
- Noble also provides an analysis of the state of the
Coast Guard, how its current problems have developed, and
what effect they have on the service's operations. As the
story unfolds, the views of senior enlisted personnel at
the station paint a picture of an overworked small-boat
rescue force and their feelings toward what they perceive
as a distant, and in many cases unaware, officer corps.
Noble contrasts these perspectives with those voiced by
the investigating commissioned officers and higher-ups at
Coast Guard headquarters.
- The Author
- Historian Dennis L. Noble served in the U.S. Coast
Guard for 21 years. He is the author of That Others
Might Live: The U.S. Life-Saving Service, 1878-1915,
and Lifeboat Sailors: Disasters, Rescues, and the
Perilous Future of the Coast Guard's Small Boat
Stations and coauthor of Alaska and the U.S.
Revenue Cutter Service, 1867-1915.
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