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Stories from Westport, Massachusetts

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The companion piece to “The Last Fling”, the award winning book, which is a fascinating tale of a life-altering events of courage, terror and survival, will be available at the beginning of the hurricane season on June, 2. There are actual hurricane films as well as interviews with survivors of the tropical storm event, which at the time was the costliest hurricane to hit the east coast of the United States. The survivors describe in detail what they experienced as their homes and town were torn apart during Hurricane Carol in 1954. The 22 minute video speaks of the spirit of the times and the people, as wind and waves crashed without warning into this Massachusetts coastal town, making Carol one of the most destructive natural disasters the area ever endured. Original never-before-seen hurricane film is complemented with more than 30 photos recorded in and around the event. Most importantly, it is a story about a community, its people and the human spirit and how we all manage to survive in times of disaster as we experience these events together. 

Nora Skinner, executive producer of: ”Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” the 2011 Oscar nominated film for Best Picture starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock and associate producer of “Doubt” called the video: “Compelling stuff. Cummings treats the story with intelligence and humor, and wisely focuses on the emotional human reaction to the storm.”

Wendi Nix anchor and reporter for ESPN said: “Cummings' story serves as both a vivid reminder and a cautionary tale for those who dare to disrespect Mother Nature.”

Grammy award winner David Reitzas, formerly of Fall River said: ” You feel that you were right there when it was happening.”

And finally, Morton Dean, retired television news anchor and correspondent calls the video: “Well done! A meticulous eye witness account of nature's wrath. “

The Last Fling –Hurricane Carol 1954 is a must view for anyone who has ever experienced a hurricane, enjoyed the waves at Horseneck Beach, lived in Westport or any New England town and those who are interested in history or natural disasters.

The history included events of the day at Horseneck and East Beach, Tripp's Boat Yard, the Westport Yacht Club and Westport Point, including the rescue at Laura's Restaurant. The book also relates the near tragic story of the Cozy Cab bus being washed into the pond at Westport Harbor and the activities that took place at the Acoaxet Club and on Elephant Rock Beach.

The video and/or paperback can be purchased now at local bookstores, museums or direct from the author at

About The author/ producer, John B. “Red” Cummings, Jr. is a lifelong area resident and was a witness to the events of the day on August 31, 1954. He has enjoyed a variety of careers including 10 years in banking as an executive of the former Fall River National Bank; President of the United Way of Greater Fall River, Inc.; and is currently the owner of Cummings Group Realtors in Westport, MA. He is married to the former Paula Francoeur from Somerset and has two sons and four grandchildren, all who reside in Westport. Cummings has also co-authored From Little Acorns to Giant Oaks, a history of the Greater Fall River Development Corporation. He is a graduate of Portsmouth Priory School and University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.