Rose and Petty Officer Ben Cournia

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Waiting for help, Rose was determined to survive. "At one point I thought, 'I don't really want to die here,'" she says. "I kept thinking, 'I have to make it out of here, because [my unborn baby] deserves a chance.'"

After 15 excruciating hours, the Coast Guard helicopter arrived. In his first hoist rescue, Petty Officer Ben Cournia loaded Rose into a basket and hoisted up to the helicopter.

When she arrived at the hospital—20 hours after she was crushed in a fish grinder—Rose had to receive three and a half pints of blood to replace all that she'd lost. "They said that my body had pretty much shut down blood flow to every part except for the parts that you require to survive, like your lungs, your heart and your brain," Rose says.
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Published on November 10, 2006

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