Oceans and Seas

the work of author Michael Krieger

Part 29: Death Agonies – All the Men In the Sea, The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History

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Part 29: Death Agonies – All the Men In the Sea, The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History

Lost in the Sea Before, the barge had merely been wounded. Now she was going through her death agonies. Seawater poured down the ladders from the main deck to the living quarters as waves swept across her. The last men known to be below, those who had been tending the pumps, the radio operators, and a few foremen, dragged themselves up the ladders to the main deck as water began funneling down...

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Part 28: Water Water Everywhere – All the Men In the Sea, The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History

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Part 28: Water Water Everywhere – All the Men In the Sea, The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History

Bring it With You On deck Ray Pepperday was standing with Ricky Perez, a dive tender, when Danny Miller, the vessel’s electrician, came up from below. Ricky told him, “You look like you’ve been through the ringer.” Danny nodded. “It ain’t gonna be long be­fore we lose the generator room. We can’t stop the water comin’ in.” With that Danny wiped the sweat off his...

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Part 27: Anchors Away – All the Men In the Sea, The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History

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Part 27: Anchors Away – All the Men In the Sea, The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History

Fouled At about 1400, to ease the strain on the last towline holding the 269 to the North Carolina, the order was given to drop the barge’s two huge bow anchors. The port anchor cable had just been reaffixed to the anchor chain that earlier had broken away from the Captain John. When the bow anchors were let go, the port anchor went to the bottom. The starboard anchor did not. Evidently...

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Part 26 – All the Men In the Sea: The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History

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Part 26 – All the Men In the Sea: The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History

Compact Fracture Amazingly, the foreman had not passed out. He had suf­fered a compound fracture, and where the skin had not been broken, it immediately started to fill with blood. “We were try­ing to get him out of there,” Ray remembers, “and my Spanish is limited, so I didn’t know how to ask him how badly he was hurt. I stuck my hand in his face and I wiggled my...

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Part 25 – All the Men In the Sea: The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History

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Part 25 – All the Men In the Sea: The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History

Shelter With the deck becoming more and more dangerous and the wind continually blowing wave tops and spray, men hud­dled in or under whatever shelter they could find. Some of them, mostly dive personnel, had retreated to the second floor above the saturation chamber, which contained the room where all the diving-climate and gas controls were monitored. Sitting forward of the big crane and a...

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Part 24 – All the Men In the Sea: The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History

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Part 24 – All the Men In the Sea: The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History

Terror Luis Domingo did not know the guy he was working with. They had not said ten words to each other in the past. Now the two of them looked at each other in terror. They were being sent to their deaths. Already two of the sea buoys that they had just finished tying down had broken their lashing and were washing from side to side with each roll of the barge. They approached the buoys slowly,...

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