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A 1980 Coast Guard disaster killed 23 in Tampa Bay — here's one hero's story

from The Tampa Bay Times

When officials commemorate an act of heroism, or a tragedy, or both, they almost always cite the numbers. Recenlty, it was the number 40. That's how many years it's been since the Coast Guard suffered the worst peacetime tragedy in its history. And 23: the number of lives lost aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn after it collided with a passing 605-foot oil tanker in the waters of Tampa Bay. more


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