Dead Men Tapping: The End of the Heather Lynne II (Paperback)
"Her powerful account will remind readers of The Perfect Storm."--"Boston Globe"
In the predawn darkness of September 5, 1996, the fishing boat "Heather Lynne II" was run down by a tugboat and 272-foot barge and overturned ten miles off Cape Ann, Massachusetts. A diminishing air pocket kept the boat from sinking and provided the only hope of survival for the three fishermen trapped inside. The shouted pleas and desperate tapping of these men could be heard by would-be rescuers. The Coast Guard was called. This is what happened . . .
"Guaranteed to give the spellbound reader claustrophobia, "Dead Men Tapping" is a tale of tragedy in the fishing fleet that sizzles with dramatic tension."--Joan Druett, author, "In the Wake of Madness: The Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon"
"Yeomans brings the tragic day to life on the page. . . . An intriguing glimpse into the lives of the men and women who are employed in one of America's most dangerous professions."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Kate Yeomans has done a terrific job in getting her arms around a complicated event. There are clearly lessons to be learned from this tragedy, not only for the U.S. Coast Guard, but for all who go to sea. This is a must-read."--Rear Admiral John Linnon, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.)
"Kate Yeomans lays bare the blood-pumping chaos of a high-seas rescue gone awry. She peels back the layers of truth and reconstructs this horrific event, guiding us to places we never expected to go. This is a unique and tragic story told in a redeeming, heartfelt manner."--Spike Walker, author, "Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska's High Seas"
KateYeomans is a member of the Newburyport fishing community by work and by marriage. Her award-winning writing has appeared in "Boston Magazine, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Cruising World, SAIL," and others.