It was 2:00 a.m. on Easter morning, March 23, 2008, when the fishing trawler Alaska Ranger began taking on water in Alaska’s Bering Sea. By 4:30 a.m. all 47 people on board had abandoned ship. More than half failed to make it into a life raft. Bobbing in the darkness, many of the fishermen watched as the 184-foot steel-hulled boat plunged down into the sea, and disappeared beneath the icy waves.
Deadliest Sea recounts the harrowing ordeal of the men who survived the Alaska Ranger disaster—and pays tribute to the courage, tenacity, and skill of dedicated rescuers who risk their own lives so that others may live.


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Photo: Lisa Anne Auerbach