• Short Summary

    MR. DAVID LAFFERTY, A TWENTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD LONDONER, CLIMBED INTO THE SUNLIGHT YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AFTER SPENDING MORE?

  • Description

    1.
    CHEDDAR CAVES ENDURANCE TEST PLACARD
    0.03

    2.
    CU SIGN - 127 DAYS INCLUDING RECORD BROKEN
    0.06

    3.
    LV CROWD OUTSIDE CAVES
    0.07

    4.
    LV PAN EXT OF CAVES
    0.15

    5.
    MV ROCKS ABOVE CAVE
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    6.
    MV MASS CROWDS AT ENTRANCE
    0.20

    7.
    CU SIGN - CAVE ENTRANCE BELOW
    0.22

    8.
    MV LAFFERTY CRAWLS OUT FROM CAVE INTERIOR, WAVES
    0.27

    9.
    MV CAMERAMEN AND CROWD
    0.28

    10.
    MV LAFFERTY WAVES
    0.32

    11.
    CU CAMERAMAN
    0.33

    12.
    MV LAFFERTY GREETS WIFE
    0.38

    13.
    CU LAFFERTY WITH WIFE AND CHILD
    0.42

    14.
    LV CROWDS OUTSIDE
    0.43

    15.
    MV LAFFERTY THROUGH CROWDS
    0.54

    16.
    CU DITTO, INTO STUDIOS
    0.59

    17.
    MV INSIDE STUDIOS ON PLATFORM (NATURAL SOUND STARTS)
    1.10

    18.
    MV CAMERAMEN AND CROWD
    1.13

    19.
    CU LAFFERTY DRINKS
    1.20

    20.
    CU SIGN - 127 DAYS
    1.22

    21.
    MV SOF INTERVIEWED " WHAT DID YOU ACTUALLY EAT... ENDS INTO THE CAVE"
    1.55

    22.
    MV EXT CROWDS AND CAR
    1.58


    TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 21): INTERVIEWER: WHAT DID YOU ACTUALLY EAT WHILE YOU WERE DOWN THERE?



    LAFFERTY: YES, IT ATE SOME PRETTY FANTASTIC THINGS BUT IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS I'VE LIVED MOSTLY ON CROSSE AND BLACKWELL SOUP...AND MARMALADE AND MILK ALL MIXED UP TOGETHER WITH INSTANT POTATO. I HAD A SET OF.. AND A FRYING PAN AND I COOKED FOR MYSELF. I DID GO EXPLORING, AND JUST GOT BACK TO MY CAMP, AND CHANGED OUT MY MUDDY CLOTHES, AND THERE WERE TWO ENORMOUS CRASHES. I THOUGHT FOR A MINUTE THAT PART OF THE CAVE HAD COLLAPSED, BUT I GATHERED, YOU KNOW, WITH SOME THOUGHT ON THE MATTER, THAT WITH A QUARRY NEARBY, THE BLAST-WAVE TRAVELLED UNDERGROUND INTO THE CAVE.




    Initials JRG/V/CCT/MM



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: MR. DAVID LAFFERTY, A TWENTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD LONDONER, CLIMBED INTO THE SUNLIGHT YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AFTER SPENDING MORE THAN FOUR MONTHS IN A CAVE BENEATH THE MENDIP HILLS IN SOUTH WEST ENGLAND TO BECOME THE NEW WORLD RECORD HOLDER FOR UNDERGROUND ENDURANCE.

    LAFFERTY WAS ALONE IN HIS CAVE FOR 130 DAYS... THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 126 DAYS WAS HELD BY A FRENCHMAN. THE NEW WORLD-BEATER WAS ASTONISHED WHEN HE WAS TOLD ON MONDAY (1 AUGUST) THAT HE'D BROKEN THE RECORD. ACCORDING TO HIS CALCULATIONS, IT WAS JULY 17TH.

    AN EXPERIENCED POTHOLER, LAFFERTY TOOK IN THE CHALLENGE AFTER THE OWNER OF THE CAVE OFFERED A PRIZE OF GBP500 STERLING FOR ANYONE WHO SPENT 100 DAYS UNDERGROUND. AND THERE WAS GBP5 MORE FOR EACH FURTHER DAY - MAKING LAFFERTY'S TOTAL GBP650.

    AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER HE EMERGED BLINKING AND BEARDED INTO THE SUNSHINE, MR. LAFFERTY SPOKE TO REPORTERS ABOUT DIET, AND AN ALARM....

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADPBEHY2ZG2SA2Y5FKHBWDTFN4
    Media URN:
    VLVADPBEHY2ZG2SA2Y5FKHBWDTFN4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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