• Short Summary

    An acrobat from Germany failed in his bid to walk 820 feet (250 metres) across the River Thames on a tightrope on Friday (August 6).

  • Description

    1.
    LV Tight-rope walker climbing rope across Thames
    0.05

    2.
    GV Crowds watching from bridge
    0.08

    3.
    LV Walker across tightrope
    0.16

    4.
    GV People watching from boats
    0.19

    5.
    LV Walker stumbles & sits on rope
    0.24

    6.
    STV Boat stands by to rescue walker
    0.27

    7.
    LV ZOOM IN TO GV man asking for GBP300 to jump
    0.40

    8.
    SV Walker hangs from rope
    0.45

    9.
    CU Water
    0.48

    10.
    LV Man drops into water, rescued by boat crew(2 shots)
    1.15



    Initials SGM/2216 SGM/2208


    NOTE TO EDITORS: THE NATURAL SOUND INCLUDES LIVE COMMENTS FROM BURBACH THROUGH A RADIO TRANSMITTER TIED ROUND HIS NECK.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: An acrobat from Germany failed in his bid to walk 820 feet (250 metres) across the River Thames on a tightrope on Friday (August 6). He was 30-year-old Franz Josef Burbach from Cologne, who was trying to raise money for charity. Half-way across, however, he gave up and tried to drag himself the rest of the way in a sitting position. But that also failed, and he eventually fell 60 feet (20 metres) into the water. No-one in the watching crowds responded to his offer to fall in for GBP300 (sterling). Mr Burbach, after being picked up by a rescue boat, explained that he tried to cross without his balancing pole, which was damaged, He would make the attempt again, he added.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABUTPNCP5X460JM7SZOSQC2P86
    Media URN:
    VLVABUTPNCP5X460JM7SZOSQC2P86
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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