• Short Summary

    Mines' rescue crew at Wakefield on practice exercise.

  • Description

    Miners' Rescue Station, Wakefield, Yorkshire.

    M/S van appears, doors open and man in rescue kit jumps out. Rear door opening and men in uniform unload rescue gear. Rescue men crossing interior hall. C/U men donning masks and mouthpieces, they help each other. Team captain notes names of crew and checks equipment. Team making last adjustments, then they all turn right and file out.

    Captain opens door to tunnel, team enters. Captain testing for gas, hands lamp to other crew member. All file in tunnel except for two men in uniform. C/U man in uniform holding box, it is apparatus to track crew once underground.

    Below ground. Line of men drop to knees to enter tunnel, one holds reel of cable. Men file past camera, one unwinding cable. Men emerging from tunnel. Leader on knees, others climbing over small wall. Pan to casualty lying in rubble. C/U injured man's head, hands tending him. Rescue team lift injured man. C/U group of men. C/U injured man. C/U head of rescuer. C/U team lifting man. Team picks up man on stretcher, start to carry towards camera.

    On surface. M/S men in uniform, door opens and rescue team enters, placing stretcher on floor. The stretcher is attached to special bed which rocks up and down - this helps injured miners with respiratory problems to breath. They stop rocking the stretcher and unstrap the injured man, who gets up and shakes his head. The rescue has been a practice exercise, the injured man is actually one of the crew role playing.

    One of the men on the surface is named as Isaac Keeton, the team leader is Cliff Riley.

    Note: letter from National Coal Board about shooting of this item on file.

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    New pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:12:43:00 / 01:16:05:00
    NP 431

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