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On the Edge of Survival

On the Edge of Survival

A Shipwreck, a Raging Storm, and the Harrowing Alaskan Rescue That Became a Legend

Spike Walker

St. Martin's Griffin


From the acclaimed author whose beloved books inspired the hit television show, The Deadliest Catch, a thrilling, true adventure tale in the Alaskan seas.

In 2004, during a brutal storm, a Malaysian cargo ship runs aground off the coast of Alaska. One of the most incredible Coast Guard rescue missions of all time is set in motion.

In the blinding snowstorm, two Coast Guard H-60 Jayhawk helicopters race to the scene to save as many of the vessel's crewmen as possible, before she sinks or rolls over. Through gale-force winds, all but nine are hoisted by rescue basket to safety. But during attempts to save the last crewmembers, one of the Jayhawks is engulfed by a rogue wave and crashes into the sea. The men who had been hoisted into the aircraft, along with the chopper's three-man crew plunge into the ocean where hypothermia sets in immediately.

Through interviews with all the surviving participants of the disaster and with access to documents and photos, acclaimed author Spike Walker has crafted a devastating, white-knuckle tale of survival and death in the unforgiving Alaskan waters.

Slammed right and left by battering, 60 mph wind gusts, blinded by snow squalls at the leading edge of an Arctic storm, search and rescue pilot Lieutenant David Neel was doing his best, early on that cold December morning in 2004, to shake...

Praise for On the Edge of Survival

“Spike Walker, one of America's greatest storytellers, has created a vivid landscape of survival against nature's toughest forces! His no-frills gritty style of authentic true-life tales hits the bull's-eye once again!” —Thom Beers, creator/executive producer of Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, and 1000 Ways to Die

“Deadliest Catch fans will appreciate hearing more about Alaska's dangerous environment, and there is plenty of tense human drama for even the most hardened disaster epic fan.” —Booklist

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Spike Walker

SPIKE WALKER spent more than ten seasons aboard some of the most successful crab boats in the Alaskan fleet, and rode out one of the worst storms in Alaska's history. He is the author of Working on the Edge, Nights of Ice, and Coming Back Alive.

Spike Walker

St. Martin's Griffin

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