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So Others May Live: Coast Guard's Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  74 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
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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Frank
Jul 04, 2015 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Deborah
Dec 05, 2015 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alex Foos
Aug 13, 2011 Alex Foos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
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
Matt
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
Jacquie
Sep 08, 2015 Jacquie rated it really liked it
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.
George
As a former Coastie, I couldn't walk by this book without reading it... It's a collection of helicopter rescue swimmer stories and their memorable rescues. Easy fast read, took me a couple of days to finish it. Next up is Rescue Warriors.
Scott
Jul 12, 2009 Scott marked it as didn-t-finish
Shelves: action, history
First chapters were too slow. I stalled out in the first few chapters, before I ever got the the actual stories. Maybe I'll try it again some day...
Crystal Ivy
May 08, 2009 Crystal Ivy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just about 20 pages in. Still on the history of the rescue swimmers...excited to actually get to the stories of the saves.
Ashley Willis
Feb 26, 2011 Ashley Willis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently reading this for research. It's very well written with fourteen stories of survival. I'm on story seven and enjoying it.
James Newkirk
Feb 07, 2014 James Newkirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read about the birth of the rescue swimmer program.
Greg
Aug 23, 2014 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coast-guard
This book presents a history of the founding of the Coast Guard AST program and a series of great rescues. A very entertaining read.
Joseph Williamson
Apr 30, 2012 Joseph Williamson rated it really liked it


A fascinating look into the lives, mission and history of Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmers.
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