My friend,Doug Kitchener, posted on Facebook this beautiful extract. It seems very appropriate while we are honoring the greatest sea rescue in history on July 26, 1956. And, as we mourn the passing of Michael LaPrade, a young diver passionate to rediscover the cadaver of previous opulence.
“Men and women, in the routine of their lives, are rarely tested to a point near the limits of their courage and endurance. Yet in each of us lies the question: what would I do _if_. For most, the question remains unanswered, for the test never comes…. Most of us, therefore, can never know what we would do if_…”
From Saved! The Story of the Andrea Doria – The Greatest Sea Rescue in History, by William Hoffer, Summit Books, New York, 1979.”