In February 1968, in a howling -10°C gale from the North Pole, fishermen fought desperately for their lives, hacking at the deadly ice that coated their vessels. Visibility was almost nil and communications only intermittent.
When a wave swamped the Hull trawler Ross Cleveland, she foundered in minutes. It was reported she had gone down with all hands. Yet thirty-six hours later First Mate Harry Eddom was found alive, after an incredible ordeal. Swept around all night in the raging sea in a life raft with the bodies of two dead shipmates, he finally made land on a remote shore. After walking miles over rock and scree in a near-deserted fjord, he took shelter by an uninhabited cabin for a second long, cold night, until a young shepherd lad chanced upon him. Harry Eddom’s “return from the dead” made international news headlines.
- Full English translation by Anna Yates
- 10,000 copies sold in Iceland
- Óttar sold world English-language rights for Doom in the Deep (his 8th book – foreword by BBC TV personality Magnus Magnusson KBE) to the Lyons Press in USA in 2004.
- Hollandia/Gottmer, Netherlands published Doom in the Deep in 2005.
„It is a story of incomparable courage and heroism, of disaster and despair: an unforgettable tribute to the spirit and hardihood of these brave men …“
Magnus Magnusson KBE (BBC – Mastermind)
„I was so impressed and moved by it. Congratulations on such a great piece of work“
Rupert Creed – author and BBC broadcaster
„It is a marvellous book.“
Patricia Eve – Seafarer Books