The Coast Guard Wouldn’t Go Out.
The cutter Escanaba was being refit for war duty when the worst storm on Lake Michigan slammed into Michigan. It wiped out three freighters and killed 60 sailors, leaving only survivors aboard the tiny freighter Novadoc. This exclusive podcast includes two survivors as well as the men who rescued the crew of the Sinaloa. Listen as 126 mile-per-hour winds are detailed as 19 men are battered by 20 foot waves near Mears, Michigan. Three local fishermen did what many felt was impossible, plucking the 17 remaining sailors from the icy deck and returning them to the Coast Guard station in Pentwater.