• Short Summary

    FIFTEEN PEOPLE ARE KNOWN TO HAVE DIED WHEN THE JAPANESE FERRYBOAT MIDORI MARU (302 TONS) SANK 12 MILES (20 KILOMETRES) OFF OKINAWA ON SATURDAY.

  • Description

    FIFTEEN PEOPLE ARE KNOWN TO HAVE DIED WHEN THE JAPANESE FERRYBOAT MIDORI MARU (302 TONS) SANK 12 MILES (20 KILOMETRES) OFF OKINAWA ON SATURDAY.MORE THAN 100 ARE STILL MISSING.FILM INCLUDES DRAMATIC RESCUE SCENES OF THE 116 SURVIVORS.

    IT WAS NOON ON SATURDAY WHEN FREAK WAVES UPSET THE FERRY, ON A ROUTINE SAILING FROM NAHA CITY TO KUME ISLAND.THE DISASTER WAS REPORTED WHEN TWO OF THE FERRY'S CREW WERE PICKED UP BY A PASSING GRAVEL CARRIER WHILE SWIMMING FOR SHORE.

    HOWEVER, THE CARRIER HAD NO RADIO AND HAD TO RETURN TO NAHA CITY TO SOUND THE ALERT.IMMEDIATELY, ELEVEN SHIPS, INCLUDING TUG BOATS, U.S.NAVY VESSELS, AND FISHING BOATS PUT TO SEA.THEY WERE DIRECTED TO THE SURVIVORS BY HELICOPTERS.

    THE SURVIVORS WERE FOUND CLINGING TO WRECKAGE AND UPTURNED LIFEBOATS.OTHER LIFEBOATS WENT DOWN WITH THE FERRY WHICH SANK THREE MINUTES AFTER BEING HIT BY THE FREAK WAVES.AMONG THOSE ABOARD WERE 90 SCHOOLCHILDREN RETURNING HOME AFTER THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

    SURVIVORS SPENT SEVERAL HOURS IN THE WATER.PHYSICAL STRENGTH WAS THE BIG FACTOR IN THE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL, MOST OF THOSE RESCUED BEING YOUNGER PEOPLE, ALTHOUGH THERE WERE SEVERAL ELDERLY FOLK.

    THEY WERE HELPED ABOARD RESCUE SHIPS, GIVEN DRY CLOTHES AND HOT DRINKS.BIG CROWDS GATHERED AT THE NAHA CITY WATERFRONT TO WATCH THEM BEING HELPED TO HOSPITALS.MANY WERE CARRIED OFF ON STRETCHERS.

    THE MIDORI MARU, A FORMER ANTI-SUBMARINE CRAFT, WAS BUILT 20 YEARS AGO.AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR SHE WAS CONVERTED TO A FERRY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAFAM3F18IWB2NUCOGN9YMJX1F
    Media URN:
    VLVAFAM3F18IWB2NUCOGN9YMJX1F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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