• Short Summary

    In the bay of Izmit,
    Turkey, scene of the waterspout storm that capsized a ferry boat carrying 600
    passengers, naval divers continued their search of the sunken vessel for
    bodies.

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    In the bay of Izmit,
    Turkey, scene of the waterspout storm that capsized a ferry boat carrying 600
    passengers, naval divers continued their search of the sunken vessel for
    bodies.

    For two days, since Saturday, 1st, March, day of the catastrophe, the divers
    have explored the wreck and retrieved 140 bodies, among them many children and
    women. As far as can be made out there are at least a further 100 bodies
    remaining in the boat, whilst daily, bodies are being washed up on the shore
    around the bay.

    Official sources put the number of survivors at 40, and there is little hope of
    this figure rising. The reason for so few people escaping death is that the
    freak storm caused the ferry boat to sink in a matter of minutes, giving the
    crew no chance at all of launching the life-boats. Added to this was the fury of
    the sea, whipped up by the storm, which hindered the small fishing boats
    attempting to reach the striken vessel.

    Mass funerals have taken place in and around Izmit for the victims, and many
    thousands congregated at the largest mosque in the town to pray for the dead.

    Military bands have preceeded the funeral processions, and townsfolk, statesmen
    and military personnel have joined the corteges.

    On Monday, 3rd. March, the Turkish President's general secretary and first
    aide-de-campe, headed on such procession. The latter was in uniform. Behind them
    were cabinet ministers and other mourners who carried the nine coffins that were
    decorated with flags and, in some instances, photographs of the deceased.

    An act of homage was paid to the victims on Monday, 3rd. March, by the Prime
    Minister, Andan Menderes, when in the late afternoon he went to the vicinity of
    the disaster and casted a wreath on the now calm seas.


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    Film ID:
    VLVA6TESGEONVLU8WLRDHTVZAGMNP
    Media URN:
    VLVA6TESGEONVLU8WLRDHTVZAGMNP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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