• Short Summary

    Giant crocodiles, armed bandits and unexpected 250-foot (76 metre) waterfalls are amongst the many hazards facing a five-man British canoe team attempting for the first time to descend the Blue Nile River form its source to the Sudanese border.

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    Giant crocodiles, armed bandits and unexpected 250-foot (76 metre) waterfalls are amongst the many hazards facing a five-man British canoe team attempting for the first time to descend the Blue Nile River form its source to the Sudanese border.

    Their 450-mile (675 km) Journey is taking them through what is considered some of the world's most treacherous rapids. Four are travelling in 14-foot (4 metre) one-man fibreglass salem canoes while the fifth follows along the shores in a landrover.

    Because of the threat of crocodiles and bandits--who killed a two-man canoe expedition on the Blue Nile in 1962--the British team is armed with revolvers. Expedition leader Mike Jones, who assisted Visnews cameraman Tafesse Jarra with the filming of this story, describes the hazards of crocodiles and a bandit attack they have already experienced:-
    SYNOPSIS: Five young British canoeists are attempting the first-ever full descent of the Blue Nile River, one of the most dangerous and fast-moving rapids in the world. Four are making the river journey in their specially reinforced craft, while the fifth keeps a track of their progress form the shore in a Landrover.

    The four-hundred-and-fifty-mile journey form the Blue Nile's source to the Sudanese border of Ethiopia is expected to take the men four weeks in their fibreglass salem canoes. A constant danger is the sudden and unexpected waterfall, where the canoeists might face a serious threat of drowning.

    The expedition is armed, with very good reason...mainly giant crocodiles and bandits, who in nineteen-sixty-two killed a two-man canoe-party on a stretch of the Blue Nile.

    Expedition leader Mike Jones, who helped Visnews cameraman Tafesse Jarra shoot this film, talks about those giant crocs...and a bandit raid which would have cost the young adventurers their livers.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4IE1NZRWDDZ0J8H8WO5HYJCP7
    Media URN:
    VLVA4IE1NZRWDDZ0J8H8WO5HYJCP7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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