INTO THE OCEAN
Ryan Shuck and Kenny Smith went into the wheelhouse with the third group. They saw the fishmaster, a Japanese national named Satoshi Konno, staring at the sonar. The fishmaster’s job is to find fish, tell the captain where he thinks they are swimming. He does not, officially, yield any authority onboard. But he tells the captain where to go, and how fast.
Konno had his suit only half on. He appeared calm, as if he understood the procedures. But Ryan thought he looked like a man who was waiting to die. Perhaps he worried that this was all his fault.
Kenny and Ryan stayed in the wheelhouse for five minutes, then started out the door, when the Ranger lurched hard. It jerked and twisted, toppled 45 degrees to starboard, and threw Ryan against the rail. He thought she’d right herself, like she always did, but she stayed over. The engines had switched into reverse. The Ranger was running backward, driving her stern into the waves.
On the bow, guys started yelling for the life rafts to be deployed. There