The last moment of a family pleasure cruise that turned into a beating tragedy ware captured by an amateur cameraman in Australia.
LVs, GVs, SVs Sister ship in harbour (5 shots)
GTVs Cruiser still upright, disappearing under huge surf
GV Upturned beat in surf (2 shots)
GTV Slew mention of above scenes (2 shots)
GV Debris in water (2 shots)
GVS, MVs Reugh seas & debris (4 shots)
GV Owner & press
SV,GV Debris (2 shots)
CU Mr Halverson owner of beat interviewed
"It's about twenty miles from the quiet waters of the beat sheds to the heavy seas off the central coast, where the Jones family tragically ended their brief holiday. Their 30-feet cruiser, a sister ship to this one, was fully equipped with life jackets and charts warning that it was not to be taken beyond the mouth of Broken Bay. An amateur photographer on the cliffs high above the bay yesterday captured these exclusive scenes of the tragedy. Slow motion pictures show that there was little that even the best maritime safety aide aboard the cruiser could have done in the face of the pounding seas. Experienced beaten in the area said the bombers (whirlpool) was one of the worst they'd seen for many years. The 30-feet cruiser was broken up almost immediately and debris quickly floated to cover a wide area of the raging surf. Friends of the Jenes family said today that Mrs Harrist Jenes had been terrified of the water but had joined the crew to please her husband and two young sens. Fifty-seven year old Mr. William Jones was said to be the only member of the family who could swim. Seas along the central coast continued heavy today hampering searchers seeking the bodies of possibly five members of the party still missing. The cruiser's owner, Mr. Carl Halverson, visited the area and was surprised the family had ignored the warnings against venturing onto the high seas. He told me it was the first time his company has lost a boat in 25 years of service."
HALVERSON: "They were given full instructions before they leave, and I shown them how far they can go and where they can go. But why these people went out. I'll never know. I can't even guess."
Initials SGM/2133 SGM/2153
Film by the amateur cameraman is refaced by shots of the cruiser's sister ship in harbour in sydney and ends with an interview with the beat owner, Mr. Carl Halversen, who said the Jenes family was told not to take the beat onto the high seas. There's a commentary by ATN Channel 7 reporter Mike Bailey, transcribed below. An alternative appears overpage.
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Background: The last moment of a family pleasure cruise that turned into a beating tragedy ware captured by an amateur cameraman in Australia. Coverage shows the family's 30-feet mater cruiser in the grip of huge surf off the New South Wales coast, than being sucked completely underwater, overturned and broken up.
Six people were believed aboard the cruiser. But in weekend rescue operations, hampered by continuing high seas, searchers were able to recover only one body.
These who died were the Jones Family -- Mr. William Oswald Jones, his wife and two sens aged 12 and 9 -- from the Sydney suburb of Padstew. Two other people, not immediately identified, were also believed aboard the stricken cruiser.
SYNOPSIS: Beat experts in Sydney were this week questioning what made a family take a meter cruiser like this one out into raging surf -- and almost certain death off the central New South Wales coast. Though the best is equipped with modern navigational and lifesaving equipment, the owners -- a boat -hirs firm -- strictly prohibit customers from taking these cruisers out to sea.
On Sunday, an amateur cameraman filmed the holiday cruise that ended in tragedy -- as the thirty-foot long boat was sucked down beneath huge waves. After capsizing, the mater-cruiser was pounded into matchweed by the waves.
Slow motion shows that the cruiser didn't have a chance of surviving these heavy seas. Six people was believed aboard. But hampered by continuing storm conditions, rescuers were able to recover only one body. The boat had been hired by a family from a Sydney suburb -- Mr. William Jones, his two sons aged twelve and nine, and his wife, who was apparently terrified of the water but joined the cruise to please the family. Two other people, not immediately identified, were also believed aboard the stricken cruiser.
Rescuers searching for bodies among he debris were puzzled as to what made the family ignore warnings not to take the cruiser out to sea. Se was the owner of the firm who hired out the cruiser. He visited the area and was interviewed about the instructions given to the family.