A speck in the sea

Great story and well worth a read.

Looking back, John Aldridge knew it was a stupid move. When you’re alone on the deck of a lobster boat in the middle of the night, 40 miles off the tip of Long Island, you don’t take chances. But he had work to do: He needed to start pumping water into the Anna Mary’s holding tanks to chill, so that when he and his partner, Anthony Sosinski, reached their first string of traps a few miles farther south, the water would be cold enough to keep the lobsters alive for the return trip. In order to get to the tanks, he had to open a metal hatch on the deck. And the hatch was covered by two 35-gallon Coleman coolers, giant plastic insulated ice chests that he and Sosinski filled before leaving the dock in Montauk harbor seven hours earlier. The coolers, full, weighed about 200 pounds, and the only way for Aldridge to move them alone was to snag a box hook onto the plastic handle of the bottom one, brace his legs, lean back and pull with all his might.

And then the handle snapped.

Link: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/magazine/a-speck-in-the-sea.html

3 thoughts on “A speck in the sea

  1. Cracking read. Reminds me slightly of Guðlaugur Friðþórsson, who was forced into near freezing sea around Iceland when his boat sank, swam for a few miles over several hours, and then walked barefoot to safety over a relatively fresh lava field.

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