On a foggy July evening in 1956, the Italian cruise liner "Andrea Doria, " bound for New York, was struck broadside by another vessel. In eleven hours, she would sink nearly 250 feet to the murky Atlantic Ocean floor. Thanks to a daring rescue operation, only 51 of more than 1,700 people died in the tragedy. But the "Andrea Doria" is still taking lives.
Considered the Mt. Everest of diving, the "Andrea Doria" is the ultimate deepwater wreck challenge. Over the years, a small but fanatical group of extreme scuba divers have investigated the "Andrea Doria, " pushing themselves to the very limits of human endurance to explore her -- and not all have returned. Diver Kevin McMurray takes you inside this elite club with a hard, honest look at those who go deeper, farther, and closer to the edge than others would ever dream.
"Deep Descent" is the riveting true story of the human spirit overcoming human frailty and of fearsome, mortal risks traded for a hard-core adrenaline rush. Chronicling these adventures in his page-turning narrative and in dozens of dramatic photos, McMurray draws us deeper into the cold heart of the unforgiving sea, giving us a powerful vision of a place to which few will ever have the skills -- or the courage -- to go.
Kirkus Reviews McMurray knows his stuff...Compelling...Full of high drama in low places. The Philadelphia Inquirer This is a book you will have a hard time putting down. Page after page leads you through adventure, mystery, suspense, and acts of heroism. Library Journal Exciting and powerful. Clive Cussler A compelling masterwork of the greatest shipwreck killer in maritime history. McMurray involves you in the life-and-death drama as if you are actually diving in the depths.
|Foreword: On Wreck Diving||p. xi|
|Death on the Doria||p. 1|
|The Wreck of the Andrea Doria||p. 35|
|My First Descent||p. 61|
|The Pioneers of Wreck Diving||p. 91|
|Penetrating the Doria||p. 125|
|The Dying Season, Summer 1998||p. 173|
|Back to the Doria||p. 209|
|Where Are They Now?||p. 257|
|Wahoo Contract||p. 287|
|Seeker Contract||p. 293|
|Andrea Doria Fatalities||p. 297|
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Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 9th July 2002
Publisher: Atria Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.0 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1