The Final Run: A True Story of Rescue and Redemption on the Alaska Seas

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It was a determined mission that made front-page headlines and captured the eye of hundreds of thousands of readers world wide. In January 1998, within the useless of an Alaskan winter, a cataclysmic Arctic storm with hurricane-force winds and towering seas compelled 5 fishermen to desert their vessel within the Gulf of Alaska and left them adrift in thirty-eight-degree water with no lifeboat. Their would-be rescuers have been 150 miles away on the Coast Guard station, with the close by airport shut down by an avalanche.

The Final Run is the epic story of the wreck of the oldest registered fishing schooner in Alaska, a hellish Arctic tempest, and the three groups of aviators in helicopters who withstood 140-mph gusts and hovered alongside waves that have been ten tales excessive. However what makes this greater than a true-life page-turner is its portrait of untamed Alaska and the unflappable spirit of people that forge a unique sort of life on America’s final frontier, the “finish of the roaders” who’re drawn to, or flee to, Alaska to hunt a last future.


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