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Into the Storm by Tristram Korten


We all know the tragic story of the EL FARO sinking and loss of the 33 women and men on board during hurricane Joaquin in 2015, which the Commandant stated was “a call to action for the entire maritime community.” The detailed report and insightful recommendations from the Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) sparked several initiatives to reform Coast Guard oversight or third parties entrusted to do work on our behalf, and improve commercial vessel safety standards. The MINOUCHE was also lost during hurricane Joaquin, but was barely mentioned in the news because the crew made into life rafts and was rescued by the Coast Guard. This book contrasts the actions and decisions of the experienced captains on each of the two vessels, and provides important leadership lessons.