To dispel rumors of what happened that day, Nick has written a book called Not Without Hope, outlining his ordeal. "A few months after this accident, I was approached and they said, 'Here's the deal: They're gonna do a book, with or without you,'" he says. "I wanted to do it for the right reasons, for the three guys and their families."

Some of the family members involved believe Nick is profiting from their tragedy. Nick says the money doesn't matter to him. "The relationships with some of the families aren't where I would like them to be," he says. "But at the end of the day, I've said since day one, the most important thing for me has been the Bleakleys, the Smiths, the Coopers and the three guys."


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