• Short Summary

    A South African based coastal steamer, the Limpopo, was strafed for 35 minutes about six miles off the Mozambique coast on Saturday (24 July) When the vessel docked in Durban on Monday (26 July), 60 machine-gun bullet holes were counted in the superstructure.

  • Description

    1.
    GV: Limpopo moored at dock
    0.05

    2.
    GV: Bridge ZOOM INTO CCU: bullet hole
    0.13

    3.
    CU: More bullet holes (3 shots)
    0.27

    4.
    SV: boat sails past ZOOM BACK TO reveal bullet hole
    0.32

    5.
    SV: Crew members, Chief Officer, Peter Kirkamn speaking.
    1.07


    KIRKMAN: "Well we were steaming south, about six miles off the coast when the aircraft approached form the west and did two dummy runs around the vessel reducing height, when trying to make out our name and then they did a turn ahead of the vessel and came down the port side, strafing the post side of the ship and the initial shots, most of them went in the water. And the end of the first salvo went into the bridge and after-accommodation on the port side."



    The South African authorities made no comment on the attacks but port officials in Durban were unsure on South Africa's official responsibility for the vessel since it sails under the Panamanian flag.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A South African based coastal steamer, the Limpopo, was strafed for 35 minutes about six miles off the Mozambique coast on Saturday (24 July) When the vessel docked in Durban on Monday (26 July), 60 machine-gun bullet holes were counted in the superstructure.

    SYNOPSIS: The ship's master said eight separate attacks were made by three men in a red and white Cessna aircraft with a machine-gun firing through on open door. There were no casualties among the 20 men on board.

    As soon as the attack began, the Captain set the ship on automatic pilot and ordered the crew below decks. It wasn't possible to identify the nationality of the attackers. The Limpopo's Chief Officer, Mr. Peter Kirkaman, described the aircraft's first attack on the vessel.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADRNJQY253JDVG6F576HBKJ2FB
    Media URN:
    VLVADRNJQY253JDVG6F576HBKJ2FB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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