Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Crew of F/V Cape Ferret

In November 2014, the crew of F/V Betty C awoke to find their vessel nearly engulfed in flames. After their attempts to extinguish the flames proved ineffective, the captain gave a singular order that no mariner ever wants to hear: Abandon ship. The crew huddled into their small rescue skiff, watching their vessel, and home while at sea, smolder and burn. Two hundred and thirty miles south of Jarvis Island, Hawaii, it seemed unlikely for a quick rescue. But little did they know that their EPIRB had given their position to the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu, allowing the Coast Guard to both pinpoint their location and the location of a nearby vessel to call for possible assistance. That vessel was the F/V Cape Ferret. Read the rest here 14:48

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