Join us on March 3rd to meet and listen to John Aldridge. He is one of the authors of A Speck in the Sea which describes how Aldridge survived in the ocean after falling overboard during one of their fishing trips. In the dead of night on July 24, 2013, some 40 miles off the coast of Long Island, lobster fisherman John Aldridge fell off the deck of his boat, the Anna Mary, as his fishing partner, Anthony Sosinski, unknowingly slept below. A mere speck in the sea, Aldridge faced the overwhelming likelihood that he would not survive. The next morning, once Sosinski awakened, a massive and desperate search began, involving the United States Coast Guard and the local, tight-knit Montauk fishing community. Some 12 hours later, after fending off sharks, attacks by sea birds, and the ocean itself, Aldridge was miraculously spotted by a Coast Guard helicopter and, against all odds, rescued.
A Speck in the Sea intertwines Aldridge’s wrenching first-person account of his struggle in the sea along with Sosinski’s narration of the rescue operation, hour by tormented hour. Readers will follow as Aldridge flies overboard in the middle of the night and candidly assesses his grim situation after seeing his boat, on autopilot, recede out of sight. They will feel Sosinski’s terror as he wakes to realize his fishing partner – and childhood best friend – has mysteriously vanished in the middle of the North Atlantic. Readers will be in suspense as sharks circle Aldridge for their next meal and will feel hopeful as he realizes a friend’s string of lobster traps may be reachable and ultimately makes the life-saving decision to swim towards them. And they will rejoice when Aldridge, who was not wearing a lifejacket, discovers his fishing boots can be filled with air and used as a flotation device, which “changes everything,” writes Aldridge.