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So Others May Live: Coast Guard's Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death
So Others May Live is the untold story of the U.S. Coast Guard's quiet but resolute rescue swimmers. From deep ocean caves on the Oregon coast to the panicked and chaotic streets of post-Katrina New Orleans, here are their stunningly heroic stories. In startlingly clear and exceptional writing, Martha LaGuardia-Kotite tells twelve heroic stories of the greatest maritime re ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Lyons Press
(first published 2006)
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The book first details the establishment of the rescue swimmer program. Then there are 14 stories of rescues, including the incredible job the USCG did in response to Hurricane Katrina. These swimmers and their air crews are unsung heroes. Glad to have read this book and to have watched the Coast Guard programs on the Weather Channel. Semper Paratus!
Once I got into the book, I couldn't put it down. I am glad I read Brotherhood of the Fin first because it helped me understand what Martha was talking about in several examples. I highly recommend this book--it truly helped me understand how incredible our Coast Guard members are.
I spent the summer reading quite a bit and REALLY enjoyed So Others May Live!! Half the time I find myself holding my breath reading the stories or wondering when my heart rate will drop back to normal. The striking thing amongst all of these stories is the humility that each swimmer displayed by looking at their actions as just another day performing "their jobs". That these stories are only just a small sampling of the past, present, and future exploits of these extraodrindary individuals is t ...more
Aug 12, 2009 Matt rated it liked it · review of another edition
LaGuardia-Kotite's So Others May Live is a fascinating read and explores the world of rescue swimmers. It is well written and interesting and focuses on the most spectacular of rescues. Quite often the reader can experience the dangers the rescue swimmers face. The book is very much a positive book which shows mostly positive images of the Coast Guard and is missing that every day isn't excitement for rescue swimmers. However the book is recommended for anyone who enjoys adventure, avaition or m ...more
A bit slow at the start, the history of the program could easily have been condensed into a few pages rather than several chapters but once the rescue stories started the pace picked it. The U.S. Coast Guard really does not get anywhere near the support and recognition for the amazing things they do every day. The chapter on the horrible conditions and ungrateful people they had to deal with in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was especially heartbreaking.