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Swept away

For those looking for a suspenseful true tale of a massive storm on the seas comes "Overboard! A True Bluewater Odyssey of Disaster and Survival" ($24, Simon & Schuster, March 2010) by Michael J. Tougias.

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In early May 2005, Capt. Tom Tighe and first mate Loch Reidy of the sailboat Almeisan welcomed three new paying crewmembers ready to learn about offshore sailing on a five-day voyage from Connecticut to Bermuda. Though the pair had made the trip numerous times before, nothing could prepare them for the storm they hit on the fifth day. Tighe and Reidy were swept off the boat. The remaining crewmembers managed to cling to the vessel as it was torn apart in the storm.

Tougias is the author of "Fatal Forecast", and "Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heropism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do."

He lives in Franklin, Mass. His article on the sinking of the 503-foot oil tanker Fort Mercer

Off Cape Cod in February 1952 appeared in the June 2009 issue of Soundings and is available at Keyword: Tougias. For information visit

This article originally appeared in the Home Watrers Section of the March 2010 issue.