So Others May Live: Saving Lives, Defying Death with the Coast Guard's Rescue Swimmers

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So Others May Live is the untold story of the U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer. In startlingly clear and exceptional writing, it tells twelve heroic stories of the greatest maritime rescues attempted since the program was started in 1985. These feats, told through the eyes of the hero, 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. The book covers diverse environments: oceans, hurricanes, oil rigs, caves, sinking vessels, ...

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So Others May Live is the untold story of the U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer. In startlingly clear and exceptional writing, it tells twelve heroic stories of the greatest maritime rescues attempted since the program was started in 1985. These feats, told through the eyes of the hero, 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. The book covers diverse environments: oceans, hurricanes, oil rigs, caves, sinking vessels, floods, and even Niagara Falls. It is truly a can't-put-it-down collection.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781592289318
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2007

    Great Book

    From begining to end this is a great book about the Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2006

    Absolutely incredible reality-driven reading!

    Her description of the harrowing rescues on rooftops in New Orleans took my breath away. I've been in SAR situations where a person had to be forced to leave a sinking boat, and on law-enforcement sorties where the bad guys had guns, but, in each of those occasions, you knew exactly what to expect - things were straightforward. The deteriorating conditions in New Orleans after Katrina, gave the crew, especially the swimmers, such extraordinary unknowns. The need to adapt to such changing and challenging situations so quickly - and the sheer number of them! - was obviously devastating to both body and psyche. And, the fact that among Coast Guard personnel there were no deaths, no collisions, no serious injury, is just astounding. I'm not sure that this country really appreciates the length to which our little service went in those days following the hurricane. Her book made it all so clear. I felt like I was hovering alongside the aircraft, totally immersed in the emotion of the moment `didn¿t matter if it was over the water, or next to a cliff or in a cave. Her words took you there. The book, and the story it tells, is nothing short of exceptional. They say you write best when you 'write about what you know.' Well, with the help of those amazing rescue swimmers, she obviously knew what she was writing about and took it to a level of intensity found in very few books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2006

    She got it right.

    When we first heard about this book, some of the guys in the shop were skeptical about how it would turn out. We have all read articles and stories about the work we do and wondered how the writers got it so wrong. Embellishments, mis-quotes, and cheesy bravado injected into stories about Coast Guard swimmers have often left us cold to the idea of a book about the job. But Laguardia-Kotite got it right¿..way right. Her book is meticulously researched, well-organized, and tells the story of Coast Guard rescues without overstepping the facts in exchange for reactions. She simply put to paper the heart of the program through stories of actual men and women engaged in the unique job of aviation rescue crewmembers. Also refreshing was the way she (better than anyone I have ever read) tells the story of the rescue swimmer as part of a team, giving all due credit to the pilots and flight mechanics that make rescue at sea possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2006

    Coast Guard Aviation Association

    SO OTHERS MAY LIVE: Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmers, Saving Lives, Defying Death (Foreword by Tom Ridge) by CDR Martha LaGuardia, USCGR Reviewed by Captain George Krietemeyer, USCG (Ret.), President, U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Association 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. Her research starts in the early 70¿s with SARWET teams ¿ early pilot programs testing concepts of improved rescue capability using specially trained crewmembers in helicopter operations. She names all the people who put their ideas forward and tested the concepts. Most of them are members of the Coast Guard Aviation Association. The author then describes the full story behind congressional `guidance¿ accelerating efforts to get a full fledged Coast Guard rescue swimmer program underway. I happened to be the Commandant¿s Chief of Training at Coast Guard Headquarters at the time and played a small part in focusing attention on this effort. Once the reader is introduced to a full understanding of the background, Martha expertly guides the reader through the next 20 years with exciting and well written examples of some of the hairiest rescues our crews have accomplished. Once again, she names the people and describes their heroic efforts on a case-by-case basis. Many of you will know these people! This is a book which will delight history buffs and adventure seekers. Her writing style is action oriented. A MUST READ for military types and others ¿with a liking for the sea and its lore.¿ For source purposes: Review from PTEROGRAM, journal of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyl (Coast Guard Aviation Association), Editor Captain Ray Copin, USCG (Ret.), (rjcopin@aol.com).

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