• Short Summary

    AS THE SEARCH CONTINUED FOR SURVIVORS OF THE DANISH DREDGE "CAPTAIN NEILSEN", WHICH CAPSIZED IN MORETON BAY, OFF THE QUEENSLAND COAST OF AUSTRALIA JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 20, THERE WERE STILL EIGHT MEN NOT ACCOUNTED FOR.

  • Description

    AS THE SEARCH CONTINUED FOR SURVIVORS OF THE DANISH DREDGE "CAPTAIN NEILSEN", WHICH CAPSIZED IN MORETON BAY, OFF THE QUEENSLAND COAST OF AUSTRALIA JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 20, THERE WERE STILL EIGHT MEN NOT ACCOUNTED FOR.

    RESCUE CRAFT SURROUNDED THE RED HULL OF THE DREDGE, AND AMONG THEM WERE THE BOATS OF SKINDIVERS WHO HAD ANSWERED A POLICE APPEAL FOR HELP. THE DIVERS RESCUED TWELVE MEN FROM THE MURKY WATER BENEATH THE UPTURNED DREDGE. THE SURVIVORS WERE TREATED ABOARD A LAUNCH.

    THE LATEST SUMMARY OF THE SITUATION IS: SEVEN MEN DIED, TWO HAVE NOT YET BEEN LOCATED AND FIFTEEN WERE SAVED. AS SURVIVORS WERE BROUGHT ABOARD, THEY WERE GIVEN OXYGEN -- MOST OF THEM HAD BEEN TRAPPED UNDERWATER WITH ONLY SMALL POCKETS OF STALE AIR KEEPING THEM ALIVE. CAPTAIN KARL FLINDT, MASTER OF THE DREDGER, WAS ONE OF THE MEN GIVEN OXYGEN.

    RESCUE WORKERS BEGAN POUNDING ON THE SURFACE OF THE UPTURNED HULL HOPING FOR A REPLY BELOW. HOURS HAD PASSED AND HOPES OF FINDING THE TRAPPED MEN ALIVE WERE FADING.... THEN A WEAK REPLY SENT AN AIR HOSE BELOW TO WHERE TWO MEN WHERE GASPING THE LAST OF A FEW CUBIC FEET OF BAD AIR. THEY WERE RESCUED AFTER BEING TRAPPED FOR MORE THAN 12 HOURS.

    UNABLE TO TALK, THEY SMILED THEIR THANKS TO THE SKINDIVERS BEFORE BEING TAKEN TO THE BRISBANE HOSPITAL BY HELICOPTER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4WWF7N10NL5ZW9SMNTM6YB6N5
    Media URN:
    VLVA4WWF7N10NL5ZW9SMNTM6YB6N5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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