• Short Summary

    THE ITALIAN MOTOR TANKER "UGO FIORELLI" HAS BEEN TOWED INTO THE SICILIAN PORT OF GELA FOLLOWING YESTERDAY'S (SUNDAY'S) VIOLENT EXPLOSION ON BOARD.

  • Description

    THE ITALIAN MOTOR TANKER "UGO FIORELLI" HAS BEEN TOWED INTO THE SICILIAN PORT OF GELA FOLLOWING YESTERDAY'S (SUNDAY'S) VIOLENT EXPLOSION ON BOARD.

    AT LEAST SEVEN PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND ONE CREWMAN IS STILL MISSING.

    THE EXPLOSION CAME WHILE THE FIFTEEN HUNDRED TON TANKER WAS HAVING ITS TANKS WASHED CUT FIVE MILES OFF GELA.

    AMONG THOSE KILLED WAS THE SHIP'S CAPTAIN, FINO DONATO, AGED 37, FROM TRIESTE. HE WAS ALIVE WHEN TAKEN FROM THE SEA BUT DIED ABOARD A HELICOPTER TRANSFERRING HIM FROM ROME'S CIAMPINO AIRPORT TO HOSPITAL.

    ALL MEMBERS OF THE CREW PLUS THE WIFE OF THE SHIP'S ENGINEER WERE EITHER HURLED INTO THE SEA BY THE EXPLOSION OR LEAPT IN IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS.

    TWO TUGS RACED TO THE BURNING TANKER AND FOUND THE SURVIVORS SWIMMING DESPERATELY AWAY FROM THE FLAMING WRECK. RESCUE WORK WAS HAMPERED BY DARKNESS AND ROUGH SEAS.

    THREE MOTOR BOATS AND TWO HELICOPTERS IMMEDIATELY TOOK PART IN THE SEARCH FOR MISSING CREWMEN.

    ONE SURVIVOR, SALVATORE DI MERCURIO, AGED 46, SAID HE WAS THROWN INTO THE SEA BY THE EXPLOSION AND STARTED SWIMMING AWAY AS PAST AS HE COULD.

    HE THEN SAW TWO HANDS STRETCHING TOWARDS HIM AND REMEMBERED NOTHING MORE TILL HE REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS IN HOSPITAL.

    PRESIDENT GIUSEPPE SARAGAT YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) CONVEYED HIS CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES OF THE DEAD SEAMAN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9HWDSWA84WMBRY825XGGI6GUQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9HWDSWA84WMBRY825XGGI6GUQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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