By Michael J. Tougias, Douglas A. Campbell
The harrowing tale of the sinking and rescue of Bounty—the tall send utilized in the vintage 1962 motion picture Mutiny at the Bounty—which used to be stuck within the course of storm Sandy with 16 aboard
On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful determination to sail Bounty from New London, Connecticut, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Walbridge used to be good acutely aware typhoon used to be forecast to go back and forth north from the Caribbean towards the japanese seaboard. but the captain was firm to sail. As he defined to his team of fifteen: a boat is often more secure at sea than in port. He meant to sail “around the hurricane” and informed the workforce that any one who didn't want to come back at the voyage may perhaps depart the ship—there will be no demanding emotions. As destiny might have it, nobody took the captain up on his offer.
Four days into the voyage, Superstorm Sandy made a nearly direct hit on Bounty. The vessel’s failing pumps couldn't stay alongside of the incoming water. The send started to lose energy because it used to be crushed and rocked via typhoon winds that spanned 8 hundred miles. a couple of hours later, at the hours of darkness of evening, the send without warning overturned 90 miles off the North Carolina coast within the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” sending the team tumbling into an ocean packed with towering thirty-foot waves. The coast safeguard then introduced some of the most complicated and large rescues in its heritage, flying Jayhawk helicopter crews into the storm and reducing rescue swimmers into the raging seas many times, regardless of the risk to their very own lives.
In the uproar heard throughout American media within the days following, a unmarried query endured: Why did the captain choose to sail? via enormous quantities of hours of interviews with the workforce individuals, their households, and the coast safeguard, the masterful duo of Michael J. Tougias and Douglas A. Campbell creates an in-depth portrait of the enigmatic Captain Walbridge, his motivations, and what really happened aboard Bounty in the course of these terrifying days at sea.
Dripping with suspense and vibrant high-stakes drama, Rescue of the Bounty is an unforgettable story in regards to the brutality of nature and the human will to outlive.