Paul Whiley (HCG), Gary Scoular (HCS), Darren Brown (HC), Luke Dicks (HC), Frans Mostert (HC) of the South African Navy would be decorated for their brave efforts in saving the lives of 221 passengers and crew.
I recently purchased this book about the Oceanos rescue that occurred in 1991. It was written in an easy-read style with great flow as one moves through the topics and content covered. There was a lot of "new" information in the book that I was not aware of from other articles and pages published on the internet which I had read in the past. I felt like I was "right there" in terms of how the book evolves - definitely did not want to put the book down.
The book's content covers not only the rescue, but also the days leading up to the sinking, and then the weeks after the sinking in terms of investigations etc. Adequate background was provided to the ancillary stories to allow you to feel that you understood how this all fitted together.
The SADF and other agencies' involvement was well covered which allowed the reader to gain a more complete picture of their involvement in the rescue as well.
Overall - a great book that the whole family could read.
A really informative book that tells a lot about what happened behind the curtain in this shipwreck.
Thanks to the exemplary rescue teams, everyone on board was brought to safety.
It can happen so quickly in life that literally "the ground disappears from under your feet".
Exciting from start to finish.