Tom Alexander usually stood 25 feet above the water line as he steered his 60-foot yacht in Gulf of Alaska waters between Kodiak Island and Whittier.
But by the time he abandoned his sinking vessel Sunday, he only had to step a foot down into cold seawater. He rolled from the water into a life raft, he said, and his mind was finally at ease.
"At that time I knew everybody was going to live," Alexander said Tuesday.
Click here to read an in-depth account of what the Coast Guard described as a near-perfect rescue.
Click here for an opinion piece from the same Alaska newspaper focused on the incident and the safety lessons learned.