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    AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSMAN MR. KEITH HYLAND, ARRIVED IN BANGKOK LAST TUESDAY (26 NOVEMBER) AFTER HIS RELEASE?

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    AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSMAN MR. KEITH HYLAND, ARRIVED IN BANGKOK LAST TUESDAY (26 NOVEMBER) AFTER HIS RELEASE FROM CAPTIVITY BY THE VIETCONG. HE HAD BEEN CAPTURED IN SOUTH VIETNAM EARLIER THIS YEAR AND WAS FREED ON MONDAY IN CAMBODIA.

    HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY HIS AMERICAN-BORN WIFE, LISA, WHO HAD FLOWN TO PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA. MR. HYLAND WAS MET AT THE AIRPORT BY AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY OFFICIALS.

    MR. HYLAND WAS CAPTURED DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR OFFENSIVE IN SAIGON WHEN HE WENT TO SEE HIS SISTER WHO WAS INJURED IN A FIRE WHICH HAD BROKEN OUT DURING THE FIGHTING.

    HE LATER TOLD REPORTERS THAT HE WAS PICKED UP, ALONG WITH SEVERAL REFUGEES, BY THE VIETCONG. HE AND THREE AMERICAN CAPTIVES WERE PLACED TOGETHER IN A ROOM PARTITIONED OFF FROM ONE ANOTHER SOMEWHERE IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

    LATER, HE WAS PLACED IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR MUCH OF THE TIME. HE WAS PUT IN A HOLE BELOW THE GROUND WITH LOGS OVER IT. MR. HYLAND SAID THAT HIS VIETCONG CAPTORS MOVED HIM FREQUENTLY BECAUSE OF AIR RAIDS.

    MR. HYLAND SAID THAT WHEN HE WAS GOING TO BE RELEASED, HE WAS TAKEN FOR A LONG WALK BY HIS CAPTORS ONE NIGHT AND THE NEXT DAY A LAND-ROVER APPEARED AND TOOK HIM TO PHNOM PENH.

    MR. HYLAND SAID THAT HE HAD LOST MUCH WEIGHT SINCE HIS CAPTURE AFTER LIVING ON A DIET OF RICE AND PUMPKIN BOILED IN SALT WATER.

    KNOWN AS THE "DUCK FEATHER KING", MR. HYLAND, 54 YEARS OLD, OWNS A DUCK FEATHER PROCESSING FACTORY IN CHOLON, THE CHINESE SECTION OF SAIGON. HE INTENDS TO RETURN TO HIS BUSINESS THERE SOON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1OKP70B0R6VKGOMNH83R5YPAR
    Media URN:
    VLVA1OKP70B0R6VKGOMNH83R5YPAR
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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