• Short Summary

    An ageing American merchant ship, the Le Baron Russell, headed out from the military port of Sunny Point, North Carolina on Sunday evening (16 August) carrying a load of deadly nerve gas to a dumping point in the Atlantic.

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    CU water round bow of ship ZOOM OUT TO GV ship towed by tug
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    LV onlookers on quayside
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    LV ZOOM TO SV ship being manoeuvred by tug
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    Initials SAW/BOB/BJ



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: An ageing American merchant ship, the Le Baron Russell, headed out from the military port of Sunny Point, North Carolina on Sunday evening (16 August) carrying a load of deadly nerve gas to a dumping point in the Atlantic.

    The second world war vessel left port with its 66 tons of nerve gas cargo after a group of conservationists dropped their legal battle to stop the gas being dumped.

    The ship and its lethal cargo was due to be scuttled at a 16,000 feet (5,000 metres) deep site 165 miles from Bahama Island on Tuesday (18 August).

    The gas is contained in 12,540 rockets encased in concrete and steel vaults and the only crew on the ship is cages of rabbits whose health will be checked to ensure no gas has leaked before the dumping. Conservationists fear that the nerve gas could be released undersea endangering marine life.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD8SQF2TW80S64ZVTBHG7EX9E2
    Media URN:
    VLVAD8SQF2TW80S64ZVTBHG7EX9E2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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