Seagull One: The Amazing True Story of Brothers to the Rescue

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A modern-day adventure of those who risked their lives to save others

"The true story of Brothers to the Rescue finally told in a compelling, riveting narrative that brings the reader inside the founding, growth, and tragic end of one of Florida's most important Cuban exile organizations."--Victor A. Triay, author of Fleeing Castro

 

"Finally we have the true story of Brothers to the Rescue, a group of dedicated volunteers who risked their lives in order to save that of others."--Eduardo Zayas-Bazán, author of ¡Arriba!andBay of Pigs veteran

  

“Seagull One is the stirring account of an heroic group of pilots who risked their lives on a daily basis on behalf of the endless stream of Cuban rafters seeking freedom in the U.S. By turns heart-breaking, infuriating, and uplifting, Lily Prellezo’s debut is a wonderful testament to courage and compassion.”

--Les Sandiford, author of Last Train to Paradise

There was a time in Miami when it seemed impossible to go through a week without news coverage of the men, women and children escaping Cuba and being pulled off of makeshift rafts in the middle of the Florida Straits. One out of four did not survive the dangerous journey; the others barely hung on with little food and water. Most of the lucky ones were saved by a group of volunteers who called themselves Brothers to the Rescue (BTTR).


Seagull Oneis the never-before-told story of the men and women representing nineteen nationalities who came together to fly in rickety Cessnas over the Florida Straits to search for rafters fleeing Communist Cuba. It is a fascinating account of how José Basulto, a Cuban exile and Bay of Pigs veteran, founded BTTR with the humanitarian mission of saving the lives of the desperate souls willing to brave the ocean in pursuit of freedom. The group’s tactics were sometimes controversial, including protests against both the Cuban and U.S. governments, yet the organization managed to save over 4,200 people they would seldom, if ever, meet.


Seagull One also records the infiltration of two spies, one who was a double agent working for the FBI. Together these two volunteers collaborated with the Castro government in planning the shoot down over international waters of two unarmed Cessnas flying a humanitarian mission on February 24, 1996. The cold-blooded murder of four innocent men (three American citizens and one legal resident) led to significant changes in U.S.-Cuba relations.


Over one hundred people were interviewed for Seagull One. Their stories come to life in this nonfiction narrative that reads like a novel.

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About the Author:

Lily Prellezois an author living in Miami with her husband, Steve. José Basulto is a dreamer, patriot, and family man.

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Cuban exiles Prellezo and Basulto chronicle the striking true story of a rescue association built from the ground up. Born in Cuba in 1940 to a middle class family, Basulto developed an early fascination with weapons, acquiring numerous pistols, rifles, and machine guns, and a penchant for daredevil hobbies like motorcycle and car racing. After a brief stint at Boston University, Basulto returned to Havana mid-revolution, was recruited and trained by the CIA, and took part in the Bay of Pigs operation. Surviving that fiasco, and witnessing a young man die while attempting to reach Florida, Basulto formed Brothers to the Rescue with friend Billy Schuss. Initially the group monitored the Florida Straits in boats searching for capsized refugees, but BTTR soon realized that they could be more effective from the sky. They acquired a small fleet of Cessnas, some of which were involved in aerial gun battles with Cuban MiGs, and Basulto, along with Prellezo, tells the well-executed, often harrowing true story of how he and co-founder Schuss daringly took humanitarian efforts into their own hands and transformed the lives of thousands of Cuban refugees. (Sept.)
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