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A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue

by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski

Weinstein Books

256 pages, 2017

On the night of July 24, 2013, Montauk fisherman John Aldridge was working on the Anna Mary, the 44-foot commercial fishing vessel he owned with Anthony Sosinski. As Sosinski and another crewmember slept below, Aldridge, who was on watch that night, needed to move two heavy coolers by yanking them with a long-handled box hook attached to the plastic handle on the bottom of the coolers. As he pulled on one cooler, its handle broke. His momentum carried him backward off the boat and into the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The Anna Mary was on autopilot and Sosinski didn’t notice his partner was missing until the following morning. Aldridge survived 12 hours by using his boots as a flotation device. He was rescued thanks to a search launched from the Coast Guard’s headquarters for Long Island and coastal Connecticut in New Haven. This harrowing survival story is told in vivid detail from multiple perspectives in this new book. It is a story about Long Island, Connecticut and the ability of the human spirit to persevere in the face of seemingly impossible odds. A movie is also in the works from Weinstein Books’ film counterpart, the Weinstein Co. — Erik Ofgang

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