Mayday! Mayday!: A Coast Guard Rescue


A thirty-foot yacht,
adrift well out to sea,
Please respond to our plea!"

Hearing this call for help, the United States Coast Guard leaps into action. A team of four highly trained rescue specialists head out in an H-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Battling fierce conditions, the Coast Guard team finally locates the disabled ...

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A thirty-foot yacht,
adrift well out to sea,
Please respond to our plea!"

Hearing this call for help, the United States Coast Guard leaps into action. A team of four highly trained rescue specialists head out in an H-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Battling fierce conditions, the Coast Guard team finally locates the disabled boat, rescues the crew, treats injured passengers, and carries them back to safety.
Complemented by dramatic, striking illustrations, Chris L. Demarest's text brings into vivid focus one of the many important jobs performed by the U.S. Coast Guard. A detailed author's note provides additional information about the search-and-rescue process, making this a terrific book for any school or home library.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Commander Jack Santucci Operations Officer, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod Chris Demarest provides a real, firsthand description of the Coast Guard's search-and-rescue missions at Air Station Cape Cod. His book really illustrates the extreme flying challenges our pilots are faced with on a daily basis."
Children's Literature
A storm at sea and a boat in trouble! A distress call goes out. Mayday! Mayday! The Coast Guard receives the call and helicopter pilot and crew are ready to lift off to rescue the sailors from a life-threatening situation. A very real and exciting account of just how the rescue is carried out is told in rhyming text (one or two lines per double page spread) and action-packed illustrations. Some of the vocabulary may be a bit challenging for most picture book readers. But any kid who likes the excitement of fire engines and firemen racing to a fire will love this book. A lengthy author's note at the end has more information on the Coast Guard, the roles of the crew in rescue operations and the equipment used. Black and white line drawings of a rescue swimmer, the H-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a flight crew member with all the pieces of equipment and aircraft parts labeled are at the beginning and the end of the book. 2004, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, Ages 4 to 7.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Rhyming text and breathtaking illustrations show how the Coast Guard uses aircraft and highly trained personnel to respond to a call for help. The spare yet informative text conveys the urgency and drama of a rescue at sea. The specific role played by each member of the crew is made clear as the pilot locates the troubled vessel, the flight mechanic directs the operation, and the rescue swimmer assists the frightened sailors. Stunning two-page paintings, rendered in pastels, capture the excitement of the action. Also included are large diagrams of the uniforms of the rescue swimmer and flight crew and the H-60 Jayhawk used during the mission. An author's note offers more information about the history of the U.S. Coast Guard, the helicopter, and the actual rescue. This attention-grabbing book will be useful for reports and will satisfy browsers.-Doris Losey, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A crisp, exciting Coast Guard rescue operation over stormy seas, and in the dark of night. Demarest tells the story of this rescue in surging couplets, pumping a dose of energy into the proceedings: "A thirty-foot yacht, adrift well out at sea, / sends, 'MAYDAY! MAYDAY! Please respond to our plea!' / The call is received at the Coast Guard air base. / An H-60 'hawk has been fueled for the chase." Words like "adrift," "righted," and "entangled" will give younger readers a challenge, but the narrative is largely straightforward. It's Demarest's art that truly conveys the story's suspense: dramatic, richly hued pastels of crashing waves, storm-wrecked skies, signal flares, and swimmers dropped through the gale into the wild water below. An explanatory note at the end gives historical background information on the Coast Guard, and there are detailed drawings of the equipment used by the rescue swimmers and the flight crew. Dynamite. (Picture book. 4-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689851612
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 685,537
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: AD780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 12.40 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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