Rising Above the Wave

A True Story of Survival

by Edward Muesch



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/21/2008

Recognition Programs

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 160
ISBN : 9780595505555
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 160
ISBN : 9780595498888
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 160
ISBN : 9780595615575

About the Book

Imagine being trapped with thousands of sharp objects in a giant washing machine spinning at high speed and being forced to hold your breath until your lungs threaten to burst. That's what it is like to experience the effects of a tsunami firsthand. In Rising Above the Wave, author and sailor Ed Muesch chronicles his and his wife Helen's terrifying experience resulting from the tsunami on December 26, 2004, at Phi Phi Don Island in Thailand.

Ed and Helen were walking the beach that fateful day when they spotted a white foam line on the horizon. Unable to outrun the wave, they stood firm and bear hugged until they were buried beneath it. Swept underwater, across the island, and out to sea, they were miraculously rescued by a Thai fisherman. Helen was unconscious after the first wave and barely survived.

Their survival on Black Sunday is overshadowed by Ed's guilt over his inability to save those struggling in the sea around him. Hearing them calling for help and watching them die haunts him daily. Relive this unforgettable experience and Ed's ongoing effort to overcome the effects of this life-changing event, estimated to have taken the lives of 3,000 people.

About the Author

Ed Muesch grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He and his wife Helen sailed around the world in 2001. Muesch was awarded the 2007 Indie Excellence Award for creative nonfiction for Personal Best: Chasing the Wind Above and Below the Equator. He lives in Turkey along the Aegean Coast.