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Beyond the Call of Duty

As the 40-ft. waves crashed down upon him and threatened to wash him and his charge, Captain Singh, off the deck of the sinking ship, Petty Officer Aaron Bean knew the helicopter would not return to rescue them for several hours. Would the freighter remain afloat? Could he survive the relentless pounding by the freezing North Pacific waves? Would Captain Singh, who wore only street clothes, survive? Bean shook off his doubts and concentrated. As long as he could, he would do his job to the best of his ability, and he would give his life if necessary to save Captain Singh.

My primary source for this story was On the Edge of Survival by Spike Walker. If you want to know more about this event, I strongly recommend this book. I have only touched on the bare facts of the story here, but Mr. Walker puts the reader in the helicopter in the fierce storm. I couldn’t put the book down.

Walker, Spike. 2010. On the Edge of Survival. St. Martin’s Press. New York, NY.

Alex Haley

12-10-2012. MV Selendang Ayu grounding – Investigation Report. Officer of the Watch.

Protecting the Last Frontier. Pacific Area. United States Coast Guard.

12-10-2012. MV Selendang Ayu grounding – Investigation Report. Officer of the Watch.

Selendang Ayu. Shipwreck Log.

Ropeik, Annie. 12- 12, 2014. 10 years on, Selendang Ayu spill’s legacy still evolving. Alaska Public Media.







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