• Short Summary

    Thirty-three survivors from the Liberian tanker Tien Chee - which was in collision with the British freighter Royston Grange in the River Plate off Montevideo early on Thursday (May 11) with the feared loss eighty-two lives - were landed at La Plata 35 miles (55 kms) south of Buenos Aires on Thursday night (May 11).

  • Description

    Thirty-three survivors from the Liberian tanker Tien Chee - which was in collision with the British freighter Royston Grange in the River Plate off Montevideo early on Thursday (May 11) with the feared loss eighty-two lives - were landed at La Plata 35 miles (55 kms) south of Buenos Aires on Thursday night (May 11).

    Eight of the tanker's crew were reported missing.

    All the survivors from the tanker were Chinese, except for the captain - who has British nationality - and its Argentine pilot. They had been picked up by an Argentine coast-guard cutter.

    One of the tanker's crow said he saw "a ring of fire" all round the British ship after the collision. He had been on duty on the tanker's bridge when the Royston Grange loomed out of the fog. There was a crash as the two ships struck, and he jumped overboard, swimming for his life as flames raced across the water.

    The british Government has ordered an inquiry into the collision, which left the British vessel ablaze, and apparently without survivors.

    SYNOPSIS: Thirty-three survivors from the Liberian tanker Tien Ches - which was in collision with the British freighter Royaton Grange on Thursday morning - were landed on Thursday night at La Plata south of Buenos Aires. Eight other owner members were still missing........ One survivor said he had been on duty when the British ship loomed out of fog. He said he jumped overboard and swam for his life after the two vessels struck. All seventy-four people aboard the British freighter were missing, feared dead.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2LCBF4WAEPDC0Z7PBSMR8WQ76
    Media URN:
    VLVA2LCBF4WAEPDC0Z7PBSMR8WQ76
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/05/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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