• Short Summary

    The dangerous task of clearing Egypt's Suez Canal of war debris continues with assistance from the British and United States' Navies.

  • Description

    The dangerous task of clearing Egypt's Suez Canal of war debris continues with assistance from the British and United States' Navies.

    When war flared up between Egypt and Israel in June 1967 ten ships were sunk in the Canal and hundreds of tons of unexploded ordnance was dropped into it. During the six years before a ceasefire was finally settled by the two sides, more unexploded bombs' shells and mines were to litter the Canal's bottom and banks.

    The United States Navy is responsible for clearing the sunken wrecks and is also assisting the British Navy, whose task it is to clear the unexploded material from the Canal's banks and water. Not until this has been done can the civilian contracts be brought in to dredge the Canal and complete the clearance work. Nor, until the 101-mile (161-kilometre) waterway has been declared safe, can the 15 ships (flying the flags of eight countries) be moved from the Great Bitter Lake. They have been trapped there since 1967.

    Bob Weaver of Visnews interviewed the two navy chiefs directing operations. Britain's Commander David Husband explained that a major problem is that unexploded materials on the Canal's banks are being dropped into the water. Rear Admiral Kent Jean Carroll of the United States Navy estimates that the ten wrecks will be cleared by December. French Lieutenant Commander Jean Bottini was also present.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5NYMDW2NDBNTRUXYVSPU7FKIL
    Media URN:
    VLVA5NYMDW2NDBNTRUXYVSPU7FKIL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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