• Short Summary

    A LIFEBOAT WAS USED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO RESCUE THE 48-MAN CREW AND A WOMAN FROM THE 9,284-TON FREIGHTER, PING AN, WHICH RAN AGROUND IN FIERCE GALES OFF THE HOOK OF HOLLAND.

  • Description

    A LIFEBOAT WAS USED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO RESCUE THE 48-MAN CREW AND A WOMAN FROM THE 9,284-TON FREIGHTER, PING AN, WHICH RAN AGROUND IN FIERCE GALES OFF THE HOOK OF HOLLAND. A DUTCH NAVAL HELICOPTER HOVERED OVERHEAD AS THE CREW WERE TAKEN OFF THE SHIP, WHICH IS HONG KONG-OWNED AND REGISTERED IN LIBERIA.

    THE RESCUERS OF THE PING AN'S CREW RISKED THEIR LIVES AS THE TOWERING WAVES THREATENED SEVERAL TIMES TO THROW THE SMALL BOAT AGAINST THE FREIGHTER. IT TOOK 90 MINUTES TO TAKE 26 CHINESE SEAMEN AND THE WIFE OF THE CHIEF ENGINEER ABOARD THE LIFEBOAT ALONG A WILDLY-SWAYING ROPE LADDER.

    AFTER THE FIRST 26 WERE PUT ASHORE, THE LIFEBOAT CREW RETURNED AND TOOK OFF THE LAST 22 MEMBERS OF THE CREW, INCLUDING THE MASTER. THE PING AN'S ENGINE HAD BROKEN DOWN EARLIER TODAY IN THE SCHELDT ESTUARY, BEFORE SHE RAN AGROUND. A MESSAGE WAS THEN SENT OUT CALLING FOR ASSISTANCE AND SAYING THE SHIP WAS LEAKING IN TWO PLACES AND IN DANGER.

    (THE "PING AN" WAS NOT THE ONLY VESSEL IN TROUBLE TODAY OFF THE COAST OF HOLLAND. FORTY MILES (64-KMS) AWAY, A DUTCH NAVAL HELICOPTER PICKED UP 10 OF THE CREW OF 17 FROM THE 2,802-TON "SANTA KYRIAKI", REGISTERED IN LIBERIA, WHICH WAS ALSO THROWN HIGH UP THE SHORE. A DUTCH TUG STOOD BY ALL DAY READY TO GIVE ASSISTANCE, BUT THE "SANTA KYRIAKI" TURNED DOWN HER AID - AND WENT AGROUND.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4GYPT5V9ZHMZH84WV41C9EXHB
    Media URN:
    VLVA4GYPT5V9ZHMZH84WV41C9EXHB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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