• Short Summary

    THE TWO BRITISH TRANSATLANTIC OARSMEN TODAY (MONDAY) HELD A CHAMPAGNE REUNION WITH THEIR WIVES AFTER THEIR EPIC 3,000-MILE (4,800 KMS) VOYAGE WHICH TOOK THREE MONTHS.

  • Description


    INTERVIEW WITH THE COX OF THE KILRONAN LIFEBOAT, MR. COLMAN HERNON (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT TIME YESTERDAY AFTERNOON DID YOU GET THE CALL TO GO TO THESE MEN?"



    MR. HERNON: "ABOUT HALF PAST FIVE."



    INTERVIEWER: "AND DID YOU TAKE VERY LONG TO REACH THEM?"



    MR. HERNON:" IT TOOK US AN HOUR IN FACT UNTIL WE REACH THEM. THE WEATHER WAS VERY BAD AT THE TIME AND THERE WAS A VERY HEAVY RAIN SQUALL."



    INTERVIEWER: "HAD YOU ANY TROUBLE IN FINDING THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE MEN WHEN YOU GOT OUT THERE?"



    MR. HERNON: "NO WE HADN'T. WE HAD A POSITION FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE BUT IT TOOK US ABOUT HALF AN HOUR SO WE CAME ON THEM PRETTY WELL."



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU SAID THERE WAS A VERY HEAVY SEA RUNNING ATT HE TIME. WAS IT VERY DANGEROUS FOR THESE MEN IF YOU DIDN'T COME AROUND THEM BEFORE NIGHTFALL?"



    MR. HERNON: "WELL, IT'S VERY HARD TO SAY THAT BUT THEY COULD'VE BLOWN OFF ON TO A LEE SHORE AND THEN IT WOULD BE VERY DANGEROUS."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT WERE THE FIRST WORDS YOU EXCHANGED WITH THE MEN IN THE BOAT?"



    MR. HERNON: "WELL WE CONGRATULATED THEM ON THEIR GREAT JOURNEY ACROSS THE ATLANTIC AND I THINK THEY WERE VERY PLEASED TO SEE US AND THEY WANTED TO KNOW HOW WE KNEW THEY WERE THERE SO WE TOLD THEM WE'D HAD THE POSITION FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE."



    INTERVIEWER: "AND...WHAT SORT OF CONDITION WERE THEY IN WHEN YOU MET THEM?"



    MR. HERNON: "I WAS SURPRISED ATT HEIR EXCELLENT CONDITION. THE LOOKED LIKE MEN WHO'D JUST SPENT A FEW HOURS IN THE BOAT."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHERE THEY ROWING FROM THE POSITION THAT YOU FOUND THEM?"



    MR. HERNON: "OH NO! THEY CAME ABOARD THE LIFEBOAT AND WE TOWED THE BOAT TO KILRONAN."




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    EDITORS NOTE: PRODUCTION NO. 8531/66 "TWO BRITISH PARATROOPERS COMPLETE ROW ACROSS ATLANTIC" SERVICED ON 4 SEPTEMBER '66 ALSO REFERS.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE TWO BRITISH TRANSATLANTIC OARSMEN TODAY (MONDAY) HELD A CHAMPAGNE REUNION WITH THEIR WIVES AFTER THEIR EPIC 3,000-MILE (4,800 KMS) VOYAGE WHICH TOOK THREE MONTHS. CAPTAIN JOHN RIDWA??? AND SERGEANT CHARLES BLYTHE WERE SIGHTED OFF THE ARAN ISLAND ON THE WEST COAST OF THE IRISH REPUBLIC ON SATURDAY AND WERE TAKEN IN TOWN BY THE KILRONAN LIFEBOAT.

    ENGLISH ROSE THE THIRD, THE 22-FOOT (7 METRES) LIFEBOAT IN WHICH THE PARATROOPERS SPENT 92 DAYS AND COMPLETED THE THIRD TRANSATLANTIC ROW ON RECORD, IS NOW ON THE MAINLAND.

    TWO OTHER BRITONS ARE STILL AT IT -- ROWING HARD SOME 1500 MILES OUT FROM AMERICA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA2H74HD1HHWH4VTH65TFLT98U
    Media URN:
    VLVAA2H74HD1HHWH4VTH65TFLT98U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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