C17-33b A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue

Choose Positive Living with Sara Troy and her John Aldridge, on air from August 15th 

John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski are authors’ of A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue.

‘A Speck in the Sea’ tells a tale of boyhood pals’ brush with death on Long Island fishing excursion…

“The CDC says that between 1992 and 2008, 155 commercial fishermen died after falling overboard — just one of the reasons why commercial fishing is among America’s most dangerous jobs. Our Sunday Morning Cover Story is from Jim Axelrod:

John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski — best buddies since second grade — are co-owners of the Anna Mary, a 44-foot fishing boat. For the last 14 years, they’ve pulled up lobsters and crabs from the sea floor off the coast of Montauk, Long Island.

“It’s, like, ‘Oh, we got food, we got fuel, the boat’s runnin’ right. We’re off on another adventure,'” said Sosinski. But these two hearty lobstermen could’ve done with a little less adventure one July evening four years ago.

Forty miles offshore at 2:30 in the morning, with Sosinski asleep below deck, Aldridge wanted to fill the tanks where they would soon store their catch. He had to move a 125-pound cooler that sat on top of the tanks’ hatch. Aldridge picked up a metal hook to move it, and as he pulled a handle with all his might, it snapped. “And all the momentum just pushed me right off the back of the boat,” he said.

The boat was on automatic pilot. And Aldridge, wearing no life vest, watched helplessly as the Anna Mary motored on.

“I could see the boat,” he recalled, “and then it comes up on a crest, and then it’s gone.”

“Were you screaming for Anthony?” Axelrod asked.

“Screaming, but there’s no way he could hear me. You know you’re done. Today’s the day I’m gonna die.”

With his mind consumed by impending death, some instinctive part of Aldridge stayed focused on life.”


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John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski co-own and operate the Anna Mary, a lobster boat, in the open ocean surrounding Montauk. Best friends for decades, Aldridge and Sosinski are seasoned sailors and fishermen.

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