Today we conclude our tribute to the crew of the USCG motor lifeboat Triumph and her crew, and the two crewmembers aboard the fishing vessel Mermaid, as we continue the story of the Triumph disaster, the most tragic incident in the history of the Coast Guard in the Pacific Northwest.

Part 2 today recounts the incredible efforts by Coast Guard personnel to save the Mermaid and the amazing survival of one crewmember of the Triumph, who lived through being thrown into storm tossed seas as the boat disappeared beneath the waves.

A reminder that despite comprehensive lifesaving training and valiant effort, we do indeed live in the “Graveyard of the Pacific,” a place where the weather and the sea have the last word.