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A Storm Too Soon ST Storm Andrea

Many of you followed the dramatic rescue of my crew and loss of Sean Seamour II in 2007, now best selling author Michael Tougias is about to publish the book!
A Storm Too Soon will be released January 15th
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If anyone is thinking about the best way to overcome post holiday syndrome, that bleak winter period made worse by festive indulgence, I may have the recipe (not a Bloody Mary, a Bloody Storm), The Kirkus Review on soon released "A Storm Too Soon" is out January 1st and here is what it says:
"The gripping account of three extraordinary 2007 maritime rescues near the treacherous waters of the Gulf Stream.
When JP de Lutz, Rudy Snel and Ben Tye set sail from Florida on the Sean Seamour II, they intended to cross the Atlantic to the Azores, then Gibraltar and finally, Saint-Tropez. The first 48 hours were better than anything the men could have ever expected, but after a few days, the weather suddenly began to change. Two otherwise small and harmless weather systems joined forces "to form one super cell that deepened so rapidly that no meteorologist could have predicted its power.” The winds, which forecasters had predicted would top out at 35 knots, increased to more than 80, and the sea became like "the hands of a raging giant" as it tossed and shook the trio's 44-foot sailboat. The force of the waves, which sometimes reached 80 feet in height, gradually ripped the boat apart. Injured and in shock, the men escaped onto a small life raft while an emergency-radio beacon that got swept overboard miraculously sent out a distress call. The Coast Guard Command Center in Portsmouth, Va., received their signal, as well as those from two other ships nearby. A fourth ship went down before help could arrive. Teams of rescue-helicopter pilots and swimmers flew to the scenes of each disaster. By depicting the event from the perspective of both the rescued and the rescuers and focusing only on key moments and details, Tougias (Overboard!: A True Blue-water Odyssey of Disaster and Survival, 2010, etc.) creates a suspenseful, tautly rendered story that leaves readers breathless but well-satisfied. Heart-pounding action for the avid armchair adventurer."

More at www.artseaprovence.com where the video of the rescue can be seen.
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I read the reader digest version in a recently published in a sail magazine. I am sure I will read the book and learn something from your experience. Thanks for the heads up.


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Wow! Those are amazing seas. You were really unlucky and lucky. So many sailors say they have sailed thousands of miles on the ocean without encountering real storm conditions and you did. But, you were saved by the coast guard to tell about it.

Why did the boat start to fall apart? Did it sink before you abandoned the boat for the liferaft?
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Never mind my questions - I found the article in Soundings: Death
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UPDATE ALERT The first print run of Michael Tougias' book on our rescue "A Storm Too Soon's" is missing pictures so I have scoured years of old computers to reconstitute a history of Sean Seamour II leading up to the event, it is a work in progress but have a look https://picasaweb.google.com/1135458...eat=directlink
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WOW - when the helicopter is below the tops of the waves

It looks like you did everything right and still.....

Ocean sailing is a dangerous pursuit, no doubt about it.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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Excellent read. Incredible stuff. Not enough is known about the USCG to the general public. I'll recommend this book to anyone.

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Many of you followed the dramatic rescue of my crew and loss of Sean Seamour II in 2007, now best selling author Michael Tougias is about to publish the book!
A Storm Too Soon will be released January 15th
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If anyone is thinking about the best way to overcome post holiday syndrome, that bleak winter period made worse by festive indulgence, I may have the recipe (not a Bloody Mary, a Bloody Storm), The Kirkus Review on soon released "A Storm Too Soon" is out January 1st and here is what it says:
"The gripping account of three extraordinary 2007 maritime rescues near the treacherous waters of the Gulf Stream.
When JP de Lutz, Rudy Snel and Ben Tye set sail from Florida on the Sean Seamour II, they intended to cross the Atlantic to the Azores, then Gibraltar and finally, Saint-Tropez. The first 48 hours were better than anything the men could have ever expected, but after a few days, the weather suddenly began to change. Two otherwise small and harmless weather systems joined forces "to form one super cell that deepened so rapidly that no meteorologist could have predicted its power.” The winds, which forecasters had predicted would top out at 35 knots, increased to more than 80, and the sea became like "the hands of a raging giant" as it tossed and shook the trio's 44-foot sailboat. The force of the waves, which sometimes reached 80 feet in height, gradually ripped the boat apart. Injured and in shock, the men escaped onto a small life raft while an emergency-radio beacon that got swept overboard miraculously sent out a distress call. The Coast Guard Command Center in Portsmouth, Va., received their signal, as well as those from two other ships nearby. A fourth ship went down before help could arrive. Teams of rescue-helicopter pilots and swimmers flew to the scenes of each disaster. By depicting the event from the perspective of both the rescued and the rescuers and focusing only on key moments and details, Tougias (Overboard!: A True Blue-water Odyssey of Disaster and Survival, 2010, etc.) creates a suspenseful, tautly rendered story that leaves readers breathless but well-satisfied. Heart-pounding action for the avid armchair adventurer."

More at www.artseaprovence.com where the video of the rescue can be seen.
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I know of your story and was very impressed on what I have read.


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Re: A Storm Too Soon ST Storm Andrea

I have just finished reading the Article in Soundings referred to by JamesWilson29 and the description of the conditions is hair raising. I have been in crappy weather with 25 - 30 foot seas which was certainly bad enough for me. I cannot imagine 70 foot plus seas (I get a stomach ache just considering the possibility!). I surely would like to know why/how their drogue failed. The most disturbing thing about the article was the side-bar dealing with the screw-up on the registry of the yacht's EPIRB's by the Rescue Coordination Center staff. That's really chilling and could easily have cost the crew their lives. With that, I am most assuredly going to recheck our registrations--we also carry two-and go through the live transmission test routine the Agency provides as we prepare for our Spring, Summer season. Lesson learned!

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Do you benefit at all financially from the sales of this book or are the proceeds
donated to charity or non profit groups?

I know of your story and was very impressed on what I have read.
It is unlikely. If it does, it would have been clearly stated. Regardless, I would buy this book. The hell he went through is worth my 14 bucks.


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