CapeCodOnline: When Scott Higgins first saw 80’ waves pummeling a small inflatable raft that skipped along the water at the mercy of the furious Atlantic Ocean, he doubted anyone on it could be alive.

“In my head, I was surprised anyone could end up in that situation,” Higgins, who is currently stationed at Air Station Cape Cod and lives in West Falmouth, recalled about that day.

But the beaten, drenched and freezing 3-man crew clung to the raft as it somersaulted atop waves large enough to swallow it like a minnow.

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