The 274-ton ship, Mi Amigo, floating headquarters of the pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, has been towed to the Dutch port of Ijmuiden following reports of mutiny on board.
CV Mi Amigo being towed into harbour (2 shots)
SV Crew on bow of ship
SV & CU Mr O'Rahilly on tug gesturing to vessel towing Mi Amigo PAN TO ship (2 shots)
CU PAN Police vessel escorting ship
SCU O'Rahilly steps onto police l???unch
LV & SV Ship being towed into harbour by tugs (3 shots)
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Background: The 274-ton ship, Mi Amigo, floating headquarters of the pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, has been towed to the Dutch port of Ijmuiden following reports of mutiny on board.
The ship's master, Captain Will Van Der Kamp, had earlier signalled for assistance when crew members disabled the broadcasting transmitters in a dispute over pay and conditions.
The station's owner, Irishman Ronan O'Rahilly, flew to the Netherlands to investigate the troubles and later said he had dismissed the entire crew.
Dutch police eventually ordered the Mi Amigo to Amsterdam for investigations saying that there had been so many accusations made by crew members that the affair had become to complicated; they later said no offenses had been committed and advised all the parties involved to try and settle their differences between themselves.
It's not known when Radio Caroline will to back on the air...a Dutch post office official says the ship's transmitter has been so badly damaged that in a legal sense the vessel has no transmitter aboard.
SYNOPSIS: The Mi Amigo..headquarters of the North Sea pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, has been towed to the Dutch port of Ijmuiden following reports of mutiny on board.
The crew apparently took matters in their own hands in a dispute over pay and conditions, and the master called for navy assistance. Radio Caroline's owner, Mr. Ronan O'Rahilly, flew to Holland to investigate and, went to sea on a tug, only to watch his ship towed to port.
The Mi Amigo tied up at Ijmuiden but was ordered to Amsterdam by the police who said the whole affair was extremely complicated because there were so many accusations from crew members. Mr. O'Rahilly talked to the police who later said no offenses had been committed.
It's not known when Radio Caroline will resume broadcasting to Britain and the Netherlands..a post office official who went aboard the Mi Amigo says the transmitter has been so badly damaged that in the legal sense there's no transmitter aboard. And, in any case, Mr. O'Rahilly says he's sacked the entire crew on the grounds of piracy.