A Storm Too Soon
A True Story of Disaster, Survival, and an Incredible Rescue
A heart-stopping true-life tale of maritime disaster,survival, and daring rescue from a master storyteller
Seventy-foot waves batter a torn life raft 250 miles out tosea in one of the world’s most dangerous places, the Gulf Stream. Hanging on tothe raft are three men, a Canadian, a Brit, and their captain, Jean Pierre de Lutz, adual citizen of America and France. Their capsized forty-seven-foot sailboathas filled with water and disappeared below the tempestuous sea. The giantwaves repeatedly toss the men out of their tiny vessel, and JP, with ninebroken ribs, is hypothermic and on the verge of death. The captain, however, isa remarkably tough character, having survived a brutal boyhood, and now he mustrely on the same inner strength to outlast the storm.
Trying to reach these survivors before it’s too late arefour brave coast guardsmen battling hurricane-force winds in their Jayhawkhelicopter. They know the waves will be extreme, but when they arrive they areastounded to find that the monstrous seas have waves reaching eighty feet.Lowering the wind-whipped helicopter to drop a rescue swimmer into such chaos willbe extremely dangerous. The pilots wonder if they have a realistic chance ofsaving the sailors clinging to the broken life raft and if they will be able toeven retrieve their own rescue swimmer from the towering seas. Once they committo 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 ina Mayday situation. Of the ten people on these boats, only six will ever see landagain.
Spellbinding, harrowing, and meticulously researched, AStorm Too Soon is a vivid account of the powerful collision between theforces of nature and the human will to survive. Author Michael J. Tougias,known for his fast-paced writing style and character-driven stories, tells thistrue saga in the present tense to give the reader a thrilling,edge-of-your-seat immediacy. A Storm Too Soon is Tougias at hismasterful best and a heart-pounding narrative of survival, the power of thehuman spirit, and one of the most incredible rescues ever attempted.
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