Rescuing a Hero: How One Man Helped Save Capt. Sully

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New nonfiction pays tribute to the hard work and sacrifice of unsung heroes of the sea

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Travel up and down the Eastern Seaboard with one of the crew members who worked on the ferry that rescued the passengers stranded in a famously landed plane in Saving Sully: Tales of a New England Fisherman (published by AuthorHouse), the new collection of memoirs by John Verissimo.

In January 2009, as American morale slumped amidst a collapsing housing market, skyrocketing unemployment rates and corporate scandal, one man’s heroic actions, and the remarkable integrity he exemplified, touched a nation and brought a much-needed new perspective to a jaded public. The man was Capt. Chesley Sullenberger III, pilot to the US Airways Flight 1549 that made an emergency landing in the Hudson River outside Manhattan on Jan. 15, 2009. The lives of the plane’s crew and passengers were all saved, and a new American hero was born.

Verissimo, a New England fisherman for more than 25 years, worked as a crew member on the ferry boat Athena and helped to rescue the men and women adrift in the Hudson following the plane’s emergency landing. Several chapters are devoted to chronicling the experience from his eyes and those of fellow crewmembers, but Verissimo is more intent on giving the reader a broader scope of his experiences at sea.

With an attention to detail and infectious enthusiasm for his subject matter, Verissimo sets out to give a face to the men and women who fish waters all the way from Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard in New England up to the Canadian border. “This is a story about people and personalities, not regulations,” he writes. Discover the heretofore unsung heroes responsible for rescuing Captain Sully, his crew and his passengers and experience the dangers and thrills of more than two decades of fishing in this one-of-a-kind new collection.

About the Author
John Verissimo is a native of New Bedford, Mass., the whaling community immortalized in Moby Dick, and the ocean has always been part of his life. After 26 years of fishing, Verissimo transitioned to work in ferry industry. As fate would have it, he would be the one to personally rescue Captain Sully from his life raft during what New Yorkers call the “Miracle on the Hudson.” The author continues to reside in New England.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse will celebrate 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.


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