• Short Summary

    Passengers rescued from the Greek car ferry vessel "Heleanna", gutted by fire which broke out in the Adriatic Sea on Saturday (28 August), have not yet been allowed to board the wreck, now in Brindisi Harbour, to search for their possessions.

  • Description

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    GV & SV TILT DOWN.. Brindisi jail with guards at entrance (2 shots)
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    2.
    GV TILT DOWN.. to entrance courthouse with guards (2 shots)
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    3.
    LV Burnt wreck of ferry
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    4.
    GV PAN DITTO
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    SCU PAN..wreck showing damage
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    6.
    LV Ferry
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    Initials ES. 1600 ES. 1610



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    Background: Passengers rescued from the Greek car ferry vessel "Heleanna", gutted by fire which broke out in the Adriatic Sea on Saturday (28 August), have not yet been allowed to board the wreck, now in Brindisi Harbour, to search for their possessions.

    On Thursday (2 September), Brindisi's Deputy Public Prosecutor, Dr. Aldo Perrone revealed that he had discovered "elements of great importance concerning the responsibility for the shipboard fire which claimed 24 lives. But he added that because of the importance of the discoveries, he would not allow anybody back on board the vessel.

    The captain of the Heleanna, Demetrios Antypas, remains in Brindisi Prison. He faces charges of multiple manslaughter, overloading his vessel and putting to sea with inadequate safety equipment, and failing to help the passengers during the emergency. The manslaughter charge carries a maximum of twelve years' imprisonment. At the time of the fire, the Heleanna was carrying over one thousand one hundred people.

    SYNOPSIS: The Captain of the Heleanna, the Greek car ferry gutted by fire which claimed 24 lives in the Adriatic last Saturday, is still being held in Italy's Brindisi Jail on charges of multiple manslaughter, overloading his vessel, putting to sea with inadequate safety equipment, and failing to help his passengers during the emergency.

    But while Captain Demetrios Antypas remains in prison, Brindisi's Deputy Public Prosecutor, Dt. Aldo Perrone, revealed on Thursday that an examination of the wreck has shown what he called elements of great importance concerning responsibility for the fire.

    It was because of the importance of these discoveries, he said, that he was still refusing permission for rescued passengers to go back on board to claim any undamaged possessions. Sixteen injured passengers are still under treatment in Brindisi Hospital.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAABUGQGLBOLRYR3ZPL269ZMDA1
    Media URN:
    VLVAABUGQGLBOLRYR3ZPL269ZMDA1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/09/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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