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Michael Tougias spoke about his book at our sailing club last fall. It was a riveting presentation.

He shared that the helo pilot, Nevada Smith, was awestruck as one wave lifted the rescue swimmer up so that the pilot and swimmer were both at the same eye level. He had to take evasive action to avoid the wave.

He went on to say that the typical lift by the winch is 40-70'. The crew found that many of the strands of wire on the winch were broken, and requested that the CG maintenance guys fix it. The service guys looked at the area where most operators work the winch, and said it looked fine. The operator had to go with the maintenance guys and pull the whole spool of wire off of the winch to show them that it was frayed at 120'.
 
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