• Short Summary

    A petroleum tanker and two ammunition barges arrive in Phnom Penh (26 January) after running the gauntlet of heavy insurgent fire from the banks of the Mekong River.

  • Description

    A petroleum tanker and two ammunition barges arrive in Phnom Penh (26 January) after running the gauntlet of heavy insurgent fire from the banks of the Mekong River.

    It was the second river convoy to reach the beleaguered Khmer capital from South Vietnam since the Communist-led insurgents began their dry-season offensive on New Year's Day.

    Khmer air force T-28 bombers and gunships struck at insurgent concentrations on the river banks as the three vessels made their final dash for Phnom Penh from the embattled ferry town of Neak Luong, 35 miles (60 kms) southeast of the capital.

    The first convoy of three tugboats, each towing two or three barges, arrived in Phnom Penh on January 24th, bringing vital supplies of food and ammunition.

    Captain Nguyen Van Chieu, master of the tanker, Vira One, told reporters that another tanker, the Bayon Trader, was forced to turn back to Neak Luong after being hit by insurgent fire.

    Vira One, which was loaded with two million litres (444,000 gallons) of aviation fuel and gasoline, showed evidence of several hits, but there were no casualties.

    Captain Chieu said six more tankers were waiting in South Vietnam for orders to make the run to Phnom Penh.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA13DQNDLDMW4OFJU0JNTY5UEAU
    Media URN:
    VLVA13DQNDLDMW4OFJU0JNTY5UEAU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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