• Short Summary

    Three persons seeking political asylum from a Cuban freighter were thwarted in their attempt to reach the United States mainland off the coast of Virginia (SE USA), Tuesday (February 27).

  • Description


    MS Map locating incident
    0.01


    LS Cuban ship "The 26 de Julio"
    0.06


    MS Same
    0.11


    LS U.S. Coast Guard cutter
    0.14


    MS Both vessels
    0.19


    MS-3 shots Cuban Ship
    0.30


    LS Lifeboat
    0.35


    CU Same
    0.40


    MS-2 shots Lifeboat gear
    0.46


    MS Lifeboat & Cuban ship
    0.56


    MS Cuban ship
    0.57


    MS Helicopter overhead
    1.00


    LS Cuban ship
    1.02



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Three persons seeking political asylum from a Cuban freighter were thwarted in their attempt to reach the United States mainland off the coast of Virginia (SE USA), Tuesday (February 27).

    US Coast Guard officials say three persons aboard the Cuban freighter "26 de Julio," radioed for assistance in seeking asylum in the U.S. As a Coast Guard cutter and tugboat rendezvoused with the Cuban vessel, three men were lowered in a life boat. As they attempted to row to the Coast Guard cutter, the "26 de Julio" proceeded to ram the row boat.

    The commander of the Coast Guard cutter, Boatswain's ship Mate P.W. Caviness, said he did not interfere with the Cuban ship because it was in international waters and he feared provoking an international incident.

    Caviness said that after the life boat was rammed for the third time, the three men were not seen again. Later however, the captain of the "26 de Julio", Ricardo Puri, through an interpreter, said the men in the lifeboat had been taken back aboard the ship.

    The Coast Guard searched the waters for 25 minutes but found no trace of the three men.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5KX01PYQ8UTF6HX9EVP2NWV2X
    Media URN:
    VLVA5KX01PYQ8UTF6HX9EVP2NWV2X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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