Miracle In The Bering Sea
Bruce A. Bouley
Published by Bruce A. Bouley at Smashwords
Copyright 2009 Bruce A. Bouley
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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, some places and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, any resemblance to actual events, locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
This book is dedicated to my son Shane and his wife,
my daughter-in-law, Charlene.
If it wasn’t for their inspiration and support
I would have never have taken the time to write this book.
I was inspired to write this book after my son introduced me to the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch. Even though the characters and the incidents in this book are fictitious, some of the places, fishing technique, and perils of the Bering Sea are real.
The Bering Sea crab fisheries are among the most dangerous in the United States. Intense competition and fisheries restrictions have forced many operators to take incredible risks in their quest to make a living.
In a ten-year period, sixty-six people died as a result of capsizing, sinking, man overboard, and industrial accidents. It was revealed that the most common cause has been vessels capsizing, claiming forty-one people on eleven vessels. The U.S. Coast Guard had determined that the most likely cause was vessel overloading.