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Fatal forecast : an incredible true tale of disaster and survival at sea (edition 2007)

by Mike Tougias

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Title:Fatal forecast : an incredible true tale of disaster and survival at sea
Authors:Mike Tougias
Info:New York : Scribner, 2007.
Collections:Your library
Tags:bahzah, nonfiction, @ 363, 1980's, Massachusetts, disaster, Atlantic Ocen

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Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea by Michael J. Tougias


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[Fatal Forecast] by [Michael J. Tougias] was a very well written account of a prediction disaster on George's Bank. Unfortunately when we learn to rely on technology and the people in charge decide to cut corners lives can be lost. That is what happened with this storm. The fishermen did not get an accurate forecast because two bouy's were not working.

I really enjoyed this book and it gave me my non fiction fix. ( )
  MsHooker | Jul 21, 2014 |
Tales of ill-destined boats include the Sea Fever and The Fair Wind, both out on the Georgia Banks fishing area of the north Atlantic in late November 1980. A faulty weather forecast based on non-functioning national weather service buoys produced a vastly underestimated forecast of the perfect storm. The coast guard responded to several calls that weekend, as boat after boat went down. The most amazing story was that of Ernie Banks, the sole survivor of a small fishing boat , who spend 3 days being tossed about on 70 foot waves in a life raft. An interesting and fairly brief read (222 p.), especially for men who like non-fiction. ( )
  sgrame | Jun 23, 2014 |
Yet another page-turning ocean disaster story told by Tougias, author of Ten Hours Until Dawn. This book follows a similar formula to his others. The story is well-researched drawing on interviews and newspaper articles at the time to comprehensively retell an amazing true story from multiple perspectives. ( )
  kenno82 | Dec 26, 2012 |
This is a non-fiction about Lobster fisherman, who made their living at Georges Bank. This life is never easy, and has dangers on its best day, but fishing the lobster rich waters of Georges Bank was both was both rewarding and more risky than other sites.

We are given another look into the lives of Bob and Peter Brown. We have heard about them before, in Sebastian Younger's book The Perfect Storm, the story of the Andrea Gail.

They each are captain of a lobster boat on November 21, 1980. Through research and interviews done years after this date, the author gives us a window into what occurred in their lives on this day.

This is not their story, however. Not this time. They are players, but the main character is Earnie Hazard. An aptly named survivor of the storm that the National Weather Service failed to predict. Failed due to negligence. What was meant to be just another day in the perilous waters of Geroges Bank, became a fight to survive for the men of several small boats. Ordinary men, trying to make a living for themselves and their families. Ordinary heros might be a more precise term.

This is a story of survival, courage and honor among friends. I recommend it highly. ( )
  mckait | Jun 10, 2010 |
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Two crucial weather buoys in the North Atlantic had not been operating for a considerable amount of time when the storm developed. The Weather Service was aware of this equipment failure and continued to issue forecasts for the region without the crucial information the buoys would have provided. The judge found the Service responsible for an inaccurate forecast stating that negligence in issuing the forecast was a “substantial factor” in loss of life.
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Tougias (Ten Hours Until Dawn) narrates this dramatic, pared-down account of what happened to a pair of small fishing boats caught in the path of the devastating November 1980 storm off the coast of Cape Cod. When the storm blew up, the Fair Wind and the Sea Fever-captained by Peter Brown, son of legendarily hard-nosed Bob Brown, owner of The Perfect Storm's Andrea Gail-were fishing for lobster on Georges Bank, a plateau on the Atlantic floor that provides some of the richest fishing in the area, but is also the kind of place where boats have a way of disappearing. Due to a malfunctioning weather buoy, the National Weather Service drastically underestimated the magnitude of the storm that engulfed the two small boats. Seventy-foot waves overturned the Fair Wind, trapping inside the whole crew save for Ernie Banks, who made it into a life raft, while the Sea Fever was barely staying afloat under the watery onslaught. Tougias smartly leavens his spare narrative with similar worst-case scenarios that resulted when other seamen miscalculated the sea's wrathful power. Most astonishing of all is Banks's three-day odyssey of being tossed about like a cork in heaving, freezing seas; as related by Tougias, Banks's calm, reasoned actions in the face of astonishing adversity are practically a how-to lesson in high seas survival skills.

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A true story of catastrophe and survival at sea. One November morning in 1980, two small lobster boats set out for Georges Bank, a bountiful but perilous fishing ground 130 miles off the Massachusetts coast. The forecast was for typical fall weather--but a colossal storm was brewing to the southeast, a maelstrom the National Weather Service did not accurately locate until the boats were already in its grip. Battered by sixty-foot waves and hurricane-force winds, the crews struggled heroically, but the storm soon crippled one boat and overturned the other, trapping its crew inside. One man managed to crawl inside a tiny inflatable life raft and spent more than fifty terrifying hours adrift on the stormy open sea. That day, brave men and women from the Coast Guard and the crew of a nearby fishing boat imperiled their own lives in order to save the lives of others.… (more)

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