Sink or Swim


When ships were in trouble off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the courageous black lifesavers at Pea Island Station were first on the scene—and in the water. Through raging storms, pitch-black nights, and hurricanes, these surfmen performed amazing, death-defying rescues. For over seven decades, the intrepid crews battled fierce waves and racial prejudice. Sink or Swim is the story of their heroism, their struggle, and their triumph.

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