• Short Summary

    Michael ("Tarzan") Fomenko, son of a Russian emigre school-teacher, has disappeared from Thursday Island off the northern tip of North Queensland, Australia, apparently on the next stage of his journey to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in his crude outrigger canoe.

  • Description

    1.
    LS. PAN across Thursday Island
    5 ft

    2.
    MS. Two people, Fomenko on left
    7 1/2 ft

    3.
    CU. Fomenko
    14 ft

    4.
    MS. Fomenko rear of dugout canoe
    19 ft

    5.
    CU. Canoe PAN along and up to Fomenko
    27 1/2 ft

    6.
    CU. FV. of canoe PAN up to man, then mast
    34 1/2 ft

    7.
    CU. Fomenko
    37 1/2 ft

    8.
    MS. Fomenko and other man, RV walking away
    42 1/2 ft

    9.
    CU PAN along canoe.
    45 ft



    Initials TDH/JH/ES



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Michael ("Tarzan") Fomenko, son of a Russian emigre school-teacher, has disappeared from Thursday Island off the northern tip of North Queensland, Australia, apparently on the next stage of his journey to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in his crude outrigger canoe.

    He was due to see officials on Thursday Island to arrange a taxation clearance, health inspection, and to lodge a money bond with the Australian Department of Territories for a permit to enter Papua and New Guinea. He was also to get anti-malaria tablets and typhoid fever inoculations because the Papuan south coast where hopes to make landfall is a virulent malaria area.

    Fomenko, a former champion athlete with the Sydney Great Public School, Australia, has taken to a nomad life, living off fruit and sailing his small native craft in treacherous tropic seas - often lashed by sudden fierce cyclones.

    Recuperating at Thursday Island since his exhausting 600 miles sea trip from Cairns in his clumsy dugout craft Fomenko has become a legend in Australia for his self-reliant escape from civilisation.

    Fomenko's supplies included nearly 1 cwt. of sugar (probably for trading), wax waterproof matches, razor blades, fish hooks, a pair of scissors, a large axe, tea, rice, powdered milk and flour.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABCDVEBZX79PKJDNZDUPVNIPGH
    Media URN:
    VLVABCDVEBZX79PKJDNZDUPVNIPGH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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