Monday, October 29, 2018
Stern of USS Abner Read Found-- Part 6: :You Weren't Good For More Than 10 or 15 Minutes"
The rescuers used life jackets to hook men in the water and then haul them in. "We pulled up a few," he said. But "they didn't last too long in the cold water. ...You weren't good for more than 10 or 15 minutes."
Seventy-one men were lost according to Navy records. Daryl Weathers said he knew most of them.
The crew numbered about 330. Commander Burrowes went on to higher command after the incident.
The blast also set off the ship's smokescreen mechanism which was belching toxic smoke and choking the survivors.
The Read was now powerless and adrift near the shore. There was the knowledge that there might as well be more nearby mines.