Dutch Navy frogmen and the crew of a minesweeper are working against the clock to salvage barrels thought to contain dangerous chemicals from the North Sea.
GV HMS Drunen
LV Frogmen in rubber dinghy
TV Frogmen secures chemical drum to towrope (2 shots)
SV Sailors hauling drum aboard (5 shots)
SV Naval personnel PAN TO drum hauled aboard
LV Dinghy with barrel aboard PAN TO ship
SV Sailor observing operation
GV Naval ship hauling barrel aboard
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Background: Dutch Navy frogmen and the crew of a minesweeper are working against the clock to salvage barrels thought to contain dangerous chemicals from the North Sea. While scientists were still working to identify the contents of the first barrels recovered, the frogmen were reporting an estimated 60,000 further containers to be salvaged.
Cameraman Jac de Gier put to sea for Visnews to film this latest chapter of the Dutch fight against pollution in the North Sea.
SYNOPSIS: The Dutch Navy minesweeper, Drunen, is currently leading the hunt for an altogether different kind of marine menace. Navy frogmen have located a vast dump of barrels at the bottom of the North Sea. It's thought that the barrels, an estimated sixty-thousand of them, may contain a dangerous chemical. So while scientists try to identify the contents of the first barrels recovered, frogmen are working flat out to complete salvage operations. Although the barrels are Soviet-made, it's thought the chemicals may have been dumped by a West German ship.
Experts believe the barrels have been in the water for about three years and are now in danger of breaking up. Their removal forms part of a special Dutch campaign against North Sea pollution this year. Ironically, when all the barrels have been recovered, they are likely to be cased in concrete and dumped in the Atlantic.