Seven members of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, who escaped from internment aboard a prison ship in Northern Ireland last week, told the story of their bid for freedom at a press conference in Eire on Monday (January 24).
SV PAN Escapees walking towards hotel for press conference
GV INT. Escapees at press conference & SV PAN ditto (2 shots)
SCU Escapee Martin Taylor Speaking.
SOF IN: "We reached the water....."
SOF OUT: "...badly scratched".
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: ESCAPEE MARTIN TAYLOR: "We reached the water.....in the water we were fairly confident of seeing the swim through. The help of half the volunteers on the Maidstone were out of an act of association with the Irish Republican Army. The other half came out through other reasons. We made the Swim. A few had slight difficulties in making the shore. We reached the shore, we had......."
REPORTER: "Could you tell us about these difficulties?"
TAYLOR: "Well, there was a slight current in the water. Actually, we thought it was an underwater current because we had already tested the current by throwing things in, you know, but it was once we go under water we noticed there was a slight current. There was wire in the water.....a lot of us got badly scratched."
Initials SGM/0110 SGM/0129
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Background: Seven members of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, who escaped from internment aboard a prison ship in Northern Ireland last week, told the story of their bid for freedom at a press conference in Eire on Monday (January 24). At the conference, shown in this film from the British Broadcasting Corporation, one escapee described how they swam for shore is icy waters after two weeks of preparation and made their way to safety in Eire - from where they could continue their work as guerrilla fighters against the Northern Ireland Government.