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The Sol e Mar tragedy off Martha's Vineyard /Captain W. Russell Webster (U.S. Coast Guard, Ret.) & Elizabeth B. Webster ; foreword by Rear Admiral George Naccara, USCG (Ret.).

Collection Type
Webster, Elizabeth B.
Webster, W. Russell.
"On March 22, 1990, local fishermen Hokey Hokanson and his teenage son, Billy, set sail for Cape Cod in the Sol e Mar. When disaster struck three days later, Billy transmitted a brief, heavily garbled radio distress call. A hoax call immediately followed Billy's cry for help, and believing that the two were connected, the U.S. Coast Guard did not launch rescue units for several days. The Hokansons' deaths prompted a new anti-hoax law and changed United States Coast Guard search and rescue procedures. Historian Captain W. Russ Webster, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), and journalist Elizabeth B. Webster chronicle the fascinating story of the Sol e Mar and its crew and explain the psychology of hoax callers and Coast Guard technological advancements since the tragedy"-- Provided by publisher.
127 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1626195889 (paperback)
9781626195882 (paperback)
Call Number
Stacks G530.S725 W43 2014
Other People and Orgs
Hokanson, Billy.
Hokanson, William.
Sol e Mar (Fishing boat)
United States. Coast Guard
Descriptive terms
Drowning History 20th century.
History, Naval 20th century.
Hoaxes History 20th century.
LAW / Maritime.
Search and rescue operations History 20th century.
Shipwrecks History 20th century.
Martha's Vineyard Region (Mass.)
Massachusetts Martha's Vineyard Region