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

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-303591

Description

127 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm, "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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Search and rescue operations History 20th century.
Shipwrecks History 20th century.
Drowning History 20th century.
Hoaxes History 20th century.
LAW / Maritime.
History, Naval 20th century.

Originator

Webster, W. Russell.
Webster, Elizabeth B.

Description

127 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"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.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN

9781626195882 (paperback)
1626195889 (paperback)

Call Number

Stacks G530.S725 W43 2014

Other People and Orgs

Hokanson, William.
Hokanson, Billy.
Sol e Mar (Fishing boat)
United States. Coast Guard

Places

Massachusetts Martha's Vineyard Region
Martha's Vineyard Region (Mass.)