A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue

A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue

by John Aldridge, Anthony Sosinski


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The harrowing adventure-at-sea memoir recounting the heroic search-and-rescue mission for lost Montauk fisherman John Aldridge, which Daniel James Brown calls "A terrific read."

I am floating in the middle of the night, and nobody in the world even knows I am missing. Nobody is looking for me. You can't get more alone than that. You can't be more lost.

I've got too many people who love me. There's no way I'm dying like this.

In the dead of night on July 24, 2013, John Aldridge was thrown off the back of the Anna Mary while his fishing partner, Anthony Sosinski, slept below. As desperate hours ticked by, Sosinski, the families, the local fishing community, and the U.S. Coast Guard in three states mobilized in an unprecedented search effort that culminated in a rare and exhilarating success.

A tale of survival, perseverance, and community, A Speck in the Sea tells of one man's struggle to survive as friends and strangers work to bring him home. Aldridge's wrenching first-person account intertwines with the narrative of the massive, constantly evolving rescue operation designed to save him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602863385
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 124,488
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski co-own and operate the Anna Mary, a lobster boat, in the open ocean surrounding Montauk. Best friends for decades, Aldridge and Sosinski are seasoned sailors and fishermen.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Overboard 7

Chapter 2 Montauk Fishermen 21

Chapter 3 A Speck in the Sea 59

Chapter 4 "He's Not Here" 69

Chapter 5 Daylight 85

Chapter 6 In the Command Center 91

Chapter 7 "We're in Big Trouble" 107

Chapter 8 "Johnny Load Is Missing" 115

Chapter 9 To the West-End Buoy 143

Chapter 10 Command and Control 149

Chapter 11 The Landward Watch 167

Chapter 12 Cutting Loose 179

Chapter 13 Found 191

Chapter 14 "it's Over" 195

Chapter 15 Saved 203

Chapter 16 The Good Daughter 211

Chapter 17 Postscripts and Parties 217

Epilogue 223

Appendix A Assets Deployed to Find and Rescue John Aldridge 239

Appendix B "The Tale of Johnny Load 245

Index 249

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