So Others May Live

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Fourteen true, amazing, and inspiring stories of some of the bravest men and women you’ll ever meet
 
So Others May Live is the untold story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s quiet but resolute rescue swimmers. From deep ocean caves on the Oregon coast to the panicked and chaotic streets of post-Katrina New Orleans, here are their stunningly heroic stories—some of the greatest maritime rescues attempted since the program was started in 1985. These...

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Overview

Fourteen true, amazing, and inspiring stories of some of the bravest men and women you’ll ever meet
 
So Others May Live is the untold story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s quiet but resolute rescue swimmers. From deep ocean caves on the Oregon coast to the panicked and chaotic streets of post-Katrina New Orleans, here are their stunningly heroic stories—some of the greatest maritime rescues attempted since the program was started in 1985. These feats, told through the eyes of the heroes, reveal an understanding of how and why the rescuer, with flight crew assistance, risks his or her own life to reach out to save a stranger. Covering diverse environments—oceans, hurricanes, oil rigs, caves, sinking vessels, floods, and even Niagara Falls—this is truly a can’t-put-it-down collection.

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Commander LaGuardia more than earns her stripes with an extremely well researched and documented book describing the inside story of how and why the U.S. Coast Guard jumped into the rescue swimmer business. I strongly suggest keeping a towel nearby to wipe off the salt water after each rescue is described.”—PTEROGRAM, journal of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyl (U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Association)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599211596
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 604,777
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 5.96 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha J. LaGuardia-Kotite is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a writer with hundreds of magazines articles to her credit. This is her first book. She lives in Niceville, Florida.

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The helicopter crew made a daring and unprecedented decision. Knowing that Heaton must be stuck, out of sight and reach, they decided to do the only thing they could do. Fly into the cave. “We realized that either the swimmer had to leave the victim or we had to enter the cave . . . or they both would die,” said Burris.

 Gibbons meticulously maneuvered the helicopter inside.Wyatt watched the rotors and judged how far they were from the cave walls on the right. Burris watched the left.

 “Gibbons had the entire body of the helicopter inside the cave with the exception of the left side of the rotor head,” recalled Wyatt. Now, close to thirty feet inside the cave, the flight mechanic quickly dropped the rescue basket. “I used the waves entering the cave to carry the basket to him as I let out slack in the hoist cable,” said Wyatt.
Heaton grabbed it.
 

From Chapter 5: “To Almost Die”

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    Riveting stories of heroism and bravery! I spent the summer rea

    Riveting stories of heroism and bravery!
    I spent the summer reading quite a bit and REALLY enjoyed "So Others May Live"!! Half the time I found myself holding my breath reading the stories wondering when my heart rate would drop back to normal. The striking thing amongst all of the stories is the humility that each swimmer displayed by looking at their actions as just another day performing "their jobs". That these stories are only just a small sampling of the past, present, and future exploits of these extraordinary individuals is truly amazing. I also thought the last chapter, dedicated to those who didn't come back, was an extremely classy way to highlight the danger and real human sacrifice that these unsung heroes have made in the interest of saving the lives of complete strangers. A tip of the hat to these incredible Coast Guard heroes. Semper Paratus!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2008

    good book

    this is a great. rescue swimmers are great individuals. i know this because i know a lot of them. they do incredible things and not get some kind of praise for it. but, i was a little disappointed because like the rescue swimmers, flight mechanics, the crewmembers who does the hoisting up and down the helicopter are not getting the thanks that they deserve, too. everybody aboard that helicopter work as a team and should be praised as a team. wihout the skills of the pilot, flying would be hard. without the flight mechanics, hoisting the rescue swimmers and the victims back up to the helicopters would not be possible, or when the choppers break down they are the ones who fix it. without the rescue swimmers, water rescue would not be possible. i know thay do a lot of work, but, they are not the only people who are working. maybe, i am biased because my significant other is a flight mechanic, but i really do think the crew should be praised equally. its great they made a movie about the rescue swimmers, i love that movie, but how often did they show flight mechs do their jobs and got praised for it. i have not seen a book about flight mechanics yet, maybe some of you know of one. let me know.

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