Acts of Impact

Nicholas Hill

Welcome to Acts of Impact, the show where we discuss those who are making a positive difference in the world around us. Season 2 is live now, and is all about Historical Impact! Tune in now to hear about those who made a difference during crucial moments in history. Learn more at read less
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Always Ready: The U.S. Coast Guard Rescue of the FCA Alaska Ranger
Nov 21 2023
Always Ready: The U.S. Coast Guard Rescue of the FCA Alaska Ranger
When the Alaska Ranger sent a distress call to Communications Station Kodiak in the early hours of March 23, 2008, it set in motion a daring and dangerous rescue mission.  Amidst daunting sea and wind conditions, the Coast Guard Cutter Munro coordinated helicopter and plane crews, good samaritan ships, and more in a race against time to save 47 lives. On today's episode, we'll explore the events leading up to the sinking, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard's incredible rescue operation in the frigid, unforgiving waters of the Bering Sea.For this episode, I had the privilege of interviewing three individuals who participated in the rescue operations first-hand, including Flight Commander for the Jayhawk helicopter Brian Mclaughlin, flight mechanic for the Dolphin helicopter Al Musgrave, and communications station watchstander David Seidl. I also had the privilege of interviewing author Kalee Thompson, who literally wrote the book on the rescue operation. Their stories bring to life the intense challenges and split-second decisions faced on this trying night.I hope you enjoy today's episode. For more information on this historic rescue, I highly recommend Kalee's book 'Deadliest Sea: The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guard History'. You can find it on Amazon below: available on Audible at: learn more about the show, view transcripts, and more visit:https://www.actsofimpact.comSpecial thanks to our guests for their time and insight. Music by Alex Grohls.