Always Ready: The U.S. Coast Guard Rescue of the FCA Alaska Ranger

Acts of Impact

Nov 21 2023 • 1 hr 44 mins

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:
https://www.amazon.com/Deadliest-Sea-Untold-Greatest-History/dp/0061766305
Also available on Audible at:
https://www.audible.com/pd/Deadliest-Sea-Audiobook/B083ZHTGVM

To learn more about the show, view transcripts, and more visit:
https://www.actsofimpact.com

Special thanks to our guests for their time and insight.
Music by Alex Grohls.

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