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    FRED BALDASARE, AN AMERICAN OF ITALIAN ORIGIN, SUCCESSFULLY MADE THE FIRST UNDERWATER SWIM FROM SICILY TO ITALY, ACROSS THE STRAITS OF MESSINA, ON JUNE 9.

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    FRED BALDASARE, AN AMERICAN OF ITALIAN ORIGIN, SUCCESSFULLY MADE THE FIRST UNDERWATER SWIM FROM SICILY TO ITALY, ACROSS THE STRAITS OF MESSINA, ON JUNE 9. BALDASARE, AGED 38 YEARS, COMPLETED THE 2 1/2-MILE DISTANCE IN THREE HOURS 40 MINUTES.

    AFTER WAVING TO THE CROWD AT CAPO FELORE, ON THE SICILIAN COAST, HE PLUNGED INTO THE WARM WATERS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN. ESCORT BOATS FOLLOWED HIS PROGRESS, MINUTE BY MINUTE, AS HE FOUGHT AGAINST THE STRONG UNDERWATER CURRENTS.

    FROM ONE OF THE CRAFT, A CANISTER WAS LOWERED DOWN. IT CONTAINED PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT TO RECORD BALDASARE'S HISTORIC FEAT. FOUR ITALIAN FROGMEN TOOK TURNS IN GOING BENEATH TO CHANGE HIS OXYGEN CYLINDERS. AT ONE POINT, HOWEVER, BALDASARE HAD TO SURFACE BECAUSE THE UNDERCURRENTS BECAME TOO FIERCE. AFTER A BRIEF STAY ON THE SURFACE, HE WENT UNDER AGAIN.

    ANOTHER CROWD OF WELLWISHERS WERE WAITING ON THE ITALIAN SIDE OF THE STRAITS FOR HIM TO EMERGE. THEY WERE SURPRISED AT THE SPEED OF HIS SWIM - SOME THOUGHT HE MAY HAVE TAKEN AS LONG AS SEVEN HOURS IN BATTLING AGAINST THE CURRENTS, THERE, FAMOUS SINCE THE DAYS OF CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY.

    IN AUGUST 1960, BALDASARE'S WIFE, JANE, MADE AN UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL UNDERWATER. HER OXYGEN SUPPLY FAILED. HER HUSBAND WAS IN THE ESCORT PARTY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1O8YBLMWV8Z2VC36OF0TA5NUD
    Media URN:
    VLVA1O8YBLMWV8Z2VC36OF0TA5NUD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/06/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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