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Rescue Warriors

The U.S. Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes

David Helvarg

St. Martin's Griffin

The Extraordinary Story Of The U.S. Coast Guard

Since its inception more than 200 years ago, the United States Coast Guard has rescued over 1.1 million people. Yet, despite having more than fifty thousand active and reserve members, most of us know very little about this often neglected but crucial branch of the U.S. military.

Filled with altruism and adrenaline, Rescue Warriors brings us into the daily lives of “Coasties” as well as dozens of death-defying rescues at sea and on hurricane-ravaged shores. A masterpiece of adventure reporting, Rescue Warriors is the definitive book on America’s Coast Guard.


 

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Chapter One

New Orleans Saints

Friday, August 26, 2005 

The crew of the fishing boat Mary Lynn pitched and rolled in raging forty-foot seas, eighty-five miles west of Key West. With their controls gone and their vessel threatening to break up, they activated an EPIRB (emergency position-indicating radio beacon) buoy and hoped someone would hear its signal. They tried to launch a life raft, but the storm winds capsized it and dragged it away. All they could do now was hang on and pray for help.

At Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, 210 miles away, their
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Praise for Rescue Warriors

“A must-read for anyone who loves the water or cares about the safety, security, and stewardship of our nation from sea to shining sea.” – Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“This is the first book to give a comprehensive look at America’s premier lifesavers and forgotten Armed Service.” – Anchorage Daily News

“Readers will agree with the author that the Coast Guard is the only American military service that needs more money and publicity.” – Kirkus Reviews

“They say that ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’ is the ultimate oxymoron. But as this vivid book makes powerfully clear, in the case of the Coast Guard it’s the simple truth. Stow this volume next to the chart case.” – Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

“A must-read for anyone who loves the water or cares about the safety, security, and stewardship of our nation from sea to shining sea.” – Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“This is the first book to give a comprehensive look at America’s premier lifesavers and forgotten Armed Service.” – Anchorage Daily News

“Readers will agree with the author that the Coast Guard is the only American military service that needs more money and publicity.” – Kirkus Reviews

“They say that ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’ is the ultimate oxymoron. But as this vivid book makes powerfully clear, in the case of the Coast Guard it’s the simple truth. Stow this volume next to the chart case.” – Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • David Helvarg

  • DAVID HELVARG is president of the Blue Frontier Campaign and author of Saved by the Sea, The War Against the Greens, Blue Frontier, and 50 Ways to Save the Ocean. He has produced more than forty broadcast documentaries for PBS, The Discovery Channel, and others, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, Popular Science, Sierra, and The Nation. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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    The U.S. Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes

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