Re: Tryingto find the story on IIRC US Coastguard balloon kills men.

You're doubtless thinking of USS AKRON (ZRS-4) -- Navy, not Coast
Guard; one of several really big dirigibles the Navy was working with
in the period.

See for instance
and for a journalistic account,9171,743758,00.html?promoid=googlep

That's one coolheaded if unintentional aviator -- finding himself a
foothold and a way to make himself fast until he could be winched