• Short Summary

    The Danish ferry boat "Tina Scarlett" and the Belgian tanker "Diamant" were still burning Oct 8, the day following their collision on the River Rhine near the West German town of Emmerich, close to the Dutch frontier.

  • Description

    The Danish ferry boat "Tina Scarlett" and the Belgian tanker "Diamant" were still burning Oct 8, the day following their collision on the River Rhine near the West German town of Emmerich, close to the Dutch frontier.

    While under tow, from Cologne to Rotterdam, the newly-built 2,000-tons "Tina Scarlett" broke adrift and collided with the 565-tons "Diamant". Both ships immediately burst into flames, burning petrol spreading rapidly over the surface of the river, and setting eight other vessels afire, three of which sank.

    Fortunately the steersman of the "Diamant" had the presence of mind to open the tank valve, thus preventing the possibility of serious explosions.

    Two people, a man and a woman, are known to have died; an unknown number are missing; and 20 were taken to hospital, two of them seriously injured.

    Police say the "Tina Scarlett" was burnt out, but the fire on the "Diamant" was later extinguished.

    Maritime authorities rate the disaster as the worst since the holocaust on the Rhine River during world war two bombing.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAATORE0VO3PH13S5BY8SS20OI2
    Media URN:
    VLVAATORE0VO3PH13S5BY8SS20OI2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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