• Short Summary

    EIGHT TUGS AND SALVAGE VESSELS HAD TONIGHT (MONDAY) ALMOST QUELLED THE BLAZE ABOARD THE 35,000 TON LIBERIAN OIL TANKER 'DIANE' WHICH CAUGHT FIRE AFTER A COLLISION EARLY TODAY WITH A WEST GERMAN FREIGHTER IN THICK FOG ON THE NORTH SEA.

  • Description

    EIGHT TUGS AND SALVAGE VESSELS HAD TONIGHT (MONDAY) ALMOST QUELLED THE BLAZE ABOARD THE 35,000 TON LIBERIAN OIL TANKER 'DIANE' WHICH CAUGHT FIRE AFTER A COLLISION EARLY TODAY WITH A WEST GERMAN FREIGHTER IN THICK FOG ON THE NORTH SEA. EARLY TONIGHT, 28 MEMBERS OF THE CREW OF 39 ARRIVED AT ROTTERDAM, LEAVING NINE ON THE TANKER, AND TWO STILL MISSING.

    THE COLLISION OCCURRED ABOUT 25 MILES (40 KM) OFF THE HOOK OF HOLLAND. ENGINE OIL SPILLED FROM THE VESSEL'S TANKS AND FLAMES QUICKLY SURROUNDED THE TWO SHIPS - LATER SPREADING TO A RESCUE TUG. FURTHER HAZARDS WERE INTRODUCED BY AN EXPLOSION WHICH TORE A 20 METRE (YARDS) HOLE IN THE SIDE OF THE TANKER, CAUSING A GREAT BULGE IN THE TANKER'S HULL.

    LATEST REPORTS INDICATED THAT THE FIRE IS ALMOST UNDER CONTROL, AND THAT SALVAGE CREWS HAVE FORCED THE FLAMES BACK TO THE ONE STORAGE TANK. THE CREW HAD TAKEN TO LIFEBOATS SOON AFTER THE ACCIDENT, AND ARRIVED IN ROTTERDAM APPARENTLY UNHARMED. BUT THEY REFUSED TO TALK TO REPORTERS.

    THE OTHER SHIP IN THE CRASH - THE "ANNELIS CHRISTOPHERSSON" - IS TO BE TOWED BACK TO ROTTERDAM. THE GERMAN VESSEL ASKED FOR A DOCTOR TO COME ABOARD SOON AFTER SHE HAD ENTERED THE HEADS AT THE HOOK OF HOLLAND.

    THE DIANE WAS BOUND FOR THE PERSIAN GULF AFTER DISCHARGING HER CARGO OF CRUDE OIL AT ROTTERDAM. HER SKIPPER SAID THAT BECAUSE OF THE FOG HE COULDN'T SAY EXACTLY WHAT HAD HAPPENED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADYPC20TXJZP9O87WZV0WMS0M1
    Media URN:
    VLVADYPC20TXJZP9O87WZV0WMS0M1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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