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  • Summary

  • A crew of 47 aboard an Alaskan fishing boat ominously nicknamed “The Danger Ranger” had been counting on a final run deep into the Bering Sea as a last-ditch effort to save a mediocre fishing season. Before ever arriving, they had to abandon ship in 32-degreewater amidst 20-foot swells and driving snow. Their last hope? A cook making the key calls, a helicopter running out of fuel, and a rookie rescue swimmer who had never saved anyone in open water. On one level, this is the true-life story of the Alaska Ranger sinking and of the rescue that followed - the most daring in the history of the Bering. Below the surface, however, lies a story that is about guilt and bravery, pain and pride, and both the worst but most importantly the best of who we are.
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  • Episode 1: The Danger Ranger

    Oct 28 2021
    The Alaska Ranger fishing trawler, jokingly referred to by the crew as the “Danger Ranger,” steams off toward a school of mackerel in the Bering Sea. Kenny Smith and 46 others are onboard the beat up, rusty boat, hoping to make up for a disappointing winter fishing season. But the trawler lives up to its nickname when an engineer discovers out-of-control flooding below deck.
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    46 mins
  • Episode 2: Mayday!

    Oct 28 2021
    As the Coast Guard Cutter Munro crew prepares for some downtime for the Easter holiday, Alaska Ranger crew members are ripped from their bunks and abandoning ship into 32-degree seas. The Munro is much too far away from the47-person search and rescue case to respond. But they’ll have to anyway.
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    45 mins
  • Episode 3: Warranted Risk

    Oct 28 2021
    Coast Guard Pilot Steve Bonn’s XBOX game is interrupted when he learns he’ll need to help save several dozen people floating in the Bering Sea. Reality sets in, a lot of people will die unless the Munro crew can launch a small helicopter from the cutter in extremely dangerous conditions.
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    51 mins

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Riveting and empathetic telling of a true event shipwreck and rescue.

Very well told utilising the rescuers and rescued. Especially loved the soundtrack, which was very apt. Such tragic and heroic events entwined.

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  • Maddie Cait
  • 30-10-2021

Nailed It!

Flynn captures an amazingly complex rescue operation keeping me listening until the credits rolled at the end. "Wait...What?" I thought after hitting play and starting the first episode based on the unusual way to start. Amazing how he was able to capture the emotions of the fisherman and the Coast Guard rescuers throughout each episode.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-10-2021

Incredible true story from a master storyteller

I loved everything about this podcast from the great Sean Flynn. The storytelling and sound design are fantastic.

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  • mariah
  • 01-11-2021

I listened in one sitting!

I could not stop listening. Everything about the story held my attention. The podcast was a great format for this work. Well done!

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  • Harold Hauge
  • 31-10-2021

Great story

First podcast listen, this will definitely make me look for more like this one.
Loves the story and storyteller!!

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  • Andrew Hoff
  • 29-10-2021

Amazing story and storytelling!

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Sean Flynn does an incredible job of blending ticking clock drama and human emotion. I'll be on the lookout for any new podcasts from him in the future!

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  • Joshua Walls
  • 01-11-2021

Could not pause this story

This is everything you want and expect - a gripping glimpse into the dangers of Alaska fishing - but also much more. The disaster itself is only the backdrop to draw you into the deeply personal and individual stories of the heroes, victims and survivors. The podcast unfolds brilliantly. I was left wanting more from this story and can't wait to see what is next from these storytellers.

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  • Admiralu
  • 01-11-2021

Thrilling, Sad, Yet Touching Account

This was an excellent story of the largest Coast Guard rescue of a less than ship shape fishing vessel named the Ranger Danger and it's 47 men. Many of the participants, both crew and Coast Guard tell their stories of the encounter. You feel for everyone, those who lived and died. For me, my heart goes out to the Coast Guard staffer who lost a rescue through no fault of his own, the man was too far gone, and blames himself for the loss. I would love to give him a hug and tell him it wasn't his fault. Outstanding podcast story, beautifully presented.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-2021

Amazing! Once I started I couldn’t stop!

I was engaged from the very moment the story begun and I couldn’t let go of it until I finished! Top notch quality and have already recommended to many friends. Keep up the excellent work!

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  • Michelle
  • 10-11-2021

EDGE OF YOUR SEAT

Incredible storytelling and heroic efforts. I could picture all of it vividly!! Edge-of-your-seat phenomenal!

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  • Fabricio Farias
  • 03-11-2021

Just wow!

The story is phenomenal. The sounds effects transport you right to the moment. I can’t recommend this enough.

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  • neil jarvis2
  • 09-11-2021

A masterpiece of story telling

Simply one of the best podcasts I've heard. Beautifully produced and presented. A truly absorbing account of real life heroism and bravery. I hope the team take more slices of the real world and present them in this way.

Its part documentary on Alaskan fishing and coastguard service, part social commentary, part emotional tale of professionalism band survival and part telling the personal stories of those involved.

Can't believe I'm only the 3rd to review this. It feels like I've just seen the Beatles in Hamburg befire they got famous and will be claiming bragging rights on being one of the first to hear this masterpiece.

Please can we have more like this.

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  • Johnathan
  • 01-11-2021

Highly recommend

Very well put together, dramatic story, highly recommend it. I'd like to find more podcasts like this.

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  • Hannah
  • 16-11-2021

A gripping podcast

So good I listened to the whole thing in one go. While it provides Intriguing insight into the fishing industry, this podcasts real appeal is the terrifying true story that sounds like a Hollywood film, not something that happened recently.

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