• Short Summary

    THREE BRITISH SOLDIERS AND A GIRL, WHOSE YACHT STRAYED INTO TERRITORIAL WATERS OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC LAST WEEKEND, RETURNED TO HONG KONG (YESTERDAY) AFTER BEING RELEASED IN RECORD TIME BY THE CHINESE.

  • Description


    NEWS CONFERENCE; YACHTSMEN LANCE-CORPORAL DARCY, MISS STEVENSON, LANCE-CORPORAL HUTCHINSON, LANCE-CORPORAL LOWTH ANSWERING QUESTIONS. (SOF)



    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: "DID THEY SHOW ANY INTEREST IN YOUR MILITARY CAREER?"



    LOWTH: "A GREAT INTEREST, BUT WE DIDN'T ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS WE DIDN'T FEEL WAS CORRECT."



    QUESTION: "YOU DIDN'T ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT?"



    LOWTH: "WE DIDN'T ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT WE DIDN'T FEEL THAT WE NEEDED TO ANSWER."



    QUESTION: "SO THEY DID IN FACT ASK YOU QUESTIONS ABOUT MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG."



    LOWTH: "THEY DID, YES."



    QUESTION: "AND YOU DIDN'T AGREE TO ANSWER?"



    LOWTH: "WE JUST REFUSED."



    QUESTION: "WHAT SORT OF QUESTIONS WERE THESE?"



    LOWTH: "WELL, ER, OUR UNIT, OUR JOB, AND SEVERAL QUESTIONS THAT I DON'T WISH TO ANSWER IN PRINT JUST NOW. THEY ASKED US SEVERAL QUESTIONS BUT I DON'T WISH TO TALK ABOUT THAT POINT JUST YET."



    QUESTION: "IN OTHER WORDS, YOU GAVE YOUR NAME, RANK AND SERIAL NUMBER?"



    LOWTH: "THAT'S ALL."



    QUESTION: "HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE...?"



    LOWTH: "WELL, WE WERE EXTREMELY WELL CARED FOR. WE LACKED FOR NOTHING -- IF WE WANTED ANYTHING WE ASKED FOR IT AND IT WAS SUPPLIED. WE WERE TREATED VERY WELL INDEED."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THREE BRITISH SOLDIERS AND A GIRL, WHOSE YACHT STRAYED INTO TERRITORIAL WATERS OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC LAST WEEKEND, RETURNED TO HONG KONG (YESTERDAY) AFTER BEING RELEASED IN RECORD TIME BY THE CHINESE. AT A NEWS CONFERENCE, THEY DESCRIBED THEIR THREE-DAY DETENTION IN A CHINESE FISHING COMMUNE.

    THE THREE SOLDIERS ARE LANCE-CORPORALS JAMES LOWTH, PAUL HUTCHINSON AND MILES DARCY. THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED FOR A WEEKEND CRUISE ABOARD THEIR 24-FOOT (SEVEN METRE) YACHT BY BLONDE SECRETARY JILL STEVENSON.

    LAST SATURDAY, THEY RAN INTO NAVIGATIONAL DIFFICULTIES AND THEIR YACHT WAS BOARDED BY ARMED MILITIA FROM A CHINESE JUNK. ON THE MAINLAND, THEY WERE SEARCHED AND HELD IN A CONCRETE BUILDING WITH BARRED WINDOWS.

    LANCE-CORPORAL LOWTH TOLD THE NEWS CONFERENCE THAT, ALTHOUGH THEY HAD REFUSED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON MILITARY MATTERS, THEY HAD BEEN WELL TREATED BY THE CHINESE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8KF6GF4DI31KVVTK10WEB1ACF
    Media URN:
    VLVA8KF6GF4DI31KVVTK10WEB1ACF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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