Friday, October 26, 2018
Stern of USS Abner Read Found-- Part 5: From Boredom To Blown Out of the Water
Mr. Weathers continued: "We'd been doing figures 8s, about 3-, 4-miles long. We'd been doing this for a day and a half and were becoming relaxed because there was no report of anything."
Scores of sailors were asleep in the aft compartments.
When the mine went off "the whole ship came out of the water." A huge flash appeared on the radar screen.
The crew went to battle stations. Weathers ran to his anti-aircraft gun, but there was nothing to shoot at, so he started helping rescue men who had fallen into the rigid water.
"It was a kind of bad thing." The sea was coated with fuel oil "Everybody was slippery, you couldn't get get a hold of anybody."