by Rear Admiral Carlton Moore USCGR (Ret)
On December 17, 2000, the crew on The Seabreeze I cruise ship found themselves in rough, 35-foot seas with hurricane-force winds approximately 200 miles east of Cape Charles, Virginia. The ship was en route to Charleston, South Carolina, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and there were no passengers on board at the time, just the crew of 34. After receiving the captain’s distress call, the Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, responded by performing what would become one of the most daring helicopter rescues in the history of the service. Author Rear Admiral Moore, who served in the United States Coast Guard for more than 30 years, shares the story of the heroic rescue in great detail.