A Storm Too Soon: Danger and Rescue on the High Seas

Tropical Storm Andrea arrived before the official start of hurricane season. Enormous waves sank the Sean Seymour II, leaving the three men stranded in raging seas. The Coast Guard never received their call for help, and it was by chance that rescue chopper on its way to answer another mayday spotted them.
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Captain Jean Pierre Delutz’ wife, Mayke, a successful artist, worried ever since her husband left home for a transatlantic voyage aboard the 47-foot sailboat, the Sean Seaymour II. While her husband enjoyed bonding with crewmates Rudy Snell and Ben Tye, she found herself unable to rest or paint. The three men, meanwhile, took a few days to go every inch of the boat meticulously before lifting anchor. The first few hours of the trip were filled with wonders: a rising moon, a spool of dolphins leaping around the boat, a swim in the Gulfstream and meals under the stars. Five days into the trip, however, the adventure took a very different turn. Ominous storms piled up on the horizon. Tropical Storm Andrea arrived before the official start of hurricane season. Enormous waves sank the Sean Seymour II, leaving the three men stranded in raging seas. The Coast Guard never received their call for help, and it was by chance that rescue chopper on its way to answer another mayday spotted them. Michael Tougias, author of Overboard!, The Finest Hours, Ten Hours Until Dawn and Fatal Forecast, tells this compelling tale of man versus nature. A Storm Too Soon is available at most bookstores or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound or any major book retailer.

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