Visnews filmed Jan 18 the stricken 12,00-ton American freighter, 'Valiant Effort', holed on rocks off North West coast of Tunisia.
Visnews filmed Jan 18 the stricken 12,00-ton American freighter, 'Valiant Effort', holed on rocks off North West coast of Tunisia. At a Bizerta hotel, Visnews filmed captain and crew after their rescue by helicopters from the French aircraft carrier 'Arromanches'.
The ship, carrying 10,000 tons of wheat, was on its way to Calcutta when hit by a violent night storm off Tunisia. SOS calls went out after the ship, buffeted by huge waves, struck rocks off the Cani Islands, north of Bizerta, Unable to check the water pouring in the bows, the crew took to the boats.
The Arromanches alerted by the distress signals, changed course, sped to the scene, and picked up, by helicopters, 17 of the crew. At dawn, the ocean-going tug, Le Belier, picked up the remaining - 20.
The stricken ship was thrown up on the shore off Ras Djebel, near Porto Farina.