Dead Wake - Part IV: Pages 283 - 313 Summary & Analysis

Erik Larson
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Many who had lifejackets on still struggled to keep their heads above water. Children were often the victim of hypothermia. In the 55 degree water it was amazing how cold the lower body would get almost immediately. Dwight Harris had to push the dead bodies of men, women and children aside to get to an overturned lifeboat. He saved a little boy who was calling for his father. Cries for help were the most awful for Harris to bear. Margaret Mackworth had descended with the ship but was able to surface and grab a board. Lauriat and Gauntlett were able to get hold of a collapsible lifeboat. They had a struggle keeping people off of it until they properly raised its sides and seats. They found oars floating nearby and were able to navigate through the field of debris and dead bodies...

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