It took six months to cross the Pacific by balsa wood raft. At the end?
GV AND SV PAN Two rafts off-shore (2 shots)
CU Flag over raft
SV Canadian crew member wading from raft
SV People watching from shore
CU PAN Canadian crew member standing with mother and father being interviewed by Australian TV interviewer.
GV Two rafts off shore
INTERVIEWER: "Greg, what does it feel like to get back home, or back on land I should say?"
GREG HOLDEN: "Its really good..."
INTERVIEWER: "I suppose it almost does feel like home, you've been away so long."
GREG HOLDEN; "It does with my parents here, it does really."
INTERVIEWER: "Well, what is it like to have your son back?"
MRS. HOLDEN: "Oh, I can't describe it at all, impossible...impossible...anxious..."
INTERVIEWER: "You were very anxious for about two weeks, weren't you?"
MRS. HOLDEN: "Yes, we were. It's O.K. now."
INTERVIEWER: "Greg, you shot a lot of film on the raft, didn't you?" -- How much?"
GREG HOLDEN: "Yeah, I shot around 17 thou...., 17 thousand feet maybe."
INTERVIEWER: "Any good shots?"
GREG HOLDEN: "Apparently there has been a report we got some good shots."
INTERVIEWER: "Tell us some of the things you shot on the raft. Some of the interesting things."
GREG HOLDEN: "Oh well, for exchange there were different sequences of just natural things we do every day and interesting because they are on a raft. You know, the cooking and things like that. The cat, the fly fish, flying fish and..."
INTERVIEWER: "What about the storms, did you get any chance to film them?"
GREG HOLDEN: "Yeah, I did one storm, we got a chance. I think it was one of the best storms we had; once we had the raft under control and everything was sort of organised, I had time to set the camera up and do some shooting."
INTERVIEWER: "Did you have any interest in photography as a boy?"
GREG HOLDEN: "Yes, well as a young person, I didn't know that much about it. But at 15 years old, I started to develop an interest, and I never really had done any developing, but I..."
INTERVIEWER: "Who taught you the tricks, did you..."
MR. HOLDEN: "No, I think its just a natural ability on his part."
GREG HOLDEN: "Well, with a still, camera, Dad showed me how to use a still camera."
INTERVIEWER: "Did Mum and Dad every try to talk you out of this journey?"
GREG HOLDEN: "No, never....they asked a lot of question naturally, thinking, safeguarding, wondering, but they never tried to persuade me not to, though."
INTERVIEWER: "And what will you be doing now, will be going straight back home?"
GREG HOLDEN: "I'd like to go home, spend Christmas at home with my sisters and the family."
INTERVIEWER: "Good luck."
GREG HOLDEN: "Thank you very much."
INTERVIEWER: "I hope you enjoy Australia while you're here?"
GREG HOLDEN: "I'm sure I will, all the people are great, so far."
INTERVIEWER: "Right. Its good."
GREG HOLDEN: "Thank you."
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Background: It took six months to cross the Pacific by balsa wood raft. At the end of the journey, in Ballina, New South Wales, it was a family reunion for Canadian Greg Holden, at 21, the youngest of the twelve-man expedition that left Equador in the spring. One Tuesday (20 November) when he reached land, Greg, and his parents, spoke to newsmen: