National Geographic : 1959 Oct
Bert climbed into the raft and they headed back to their starting point. They couldn't make it; the wind forced them toward the high, sheer ice walls to the east. There was a whirring noise; they looked up and saw the bright-orange helicopter, dangling a line. They strapped the rescue harness around Crary and gave the thumbs-up signal. Bert was jerked upwards and started spinning, first one way, then the other. The mechanics had got the helicopter fixed and in the air in a little over two hours. They hadn't waited to repair the winch that raises and lowers the rescue gear. Instead they had grabbed a new line and secured the upper 554 end firmly inside the helicopter. The pilot, Lt. Comdr. Willard J. Franke, handled his chopper superbly. But the line was new with kinks in it. This caused Bert to spin back and forth in such a ridiculous manner. The chopper hit a downdraft and lost 10 feet of altitude. So did Crary, except that he was only five feet above sea level to begin with. In a second the chopper gained altitude, and so did Crary-dripping like a wet cat. "Looks like he's spitting ice cubes," Maher remarked to Wilson. Bucky Wilson was lifted out next without incident. Pat Maher stayed with his ship till the last, and like Bert he got a dunking.