We thought the best way to give you a taste of the true stories of rescue and survival that are told in Close Calls & Narrow Escapes Volume 11 was to offer this small excerpt from the story “A Lifetime in Five Minutes.”
“Midway between myself and the water’s edge, a tennis ball sized nugget of ice had frozen in the icy slope, and with the aid of my gaff I slid down and succeeded in gaining a toehold. It was precarious, dangerous, foolhardy, and necessary. The first time Jus came in on the wave I extended the gaff and he grabbed the end. As the undertow retreated I felt my toehold give a little. “Let go,” I shouted, “or you’ll take me with you.”
Jus had guts, I’ll give him that, and he had something of greater importance as well. He had that rare instinct that the survivor has over the casualty and so he let go the gaff end immediately and was carried out with the tide.”
Check out our website for Cyril’s first book, which is actually Volume I of Close Calls & Narrow Escapes Volume 11, and is entitled simply Close Calls & Narrow Escapes.