United States marines on November 1 searched the small island of Carriacou, some 26 kilometres north of Grenada, for Cuban troops and weapons.
CARRIACOU ISLAND, GRENADINES (NBC)
GVs AND SV U.S. Marines patrol village street (4 shots)
GV Helicopter lands
AV ZOOM IN TO GV U.S. warships off the coast
AV Carriacou Island
SVs Marine demonstrates captured rifle to U.S. Captain
SV Captain speaks about captured weapons (SOT)
GV Marine with captured weapon
GVs Marines patrol on foot; Marines on truck (3 shots)
GV Marines run at double-time along hill road
SV Marines search house
GV Marine patrol leaves wooden house after search
SV Marine speaks (SOT)
HAVANA, CUBA (VIA NBC(U))
GV AND Deputy Foreign Minister Ricardo Alarcon gives new conference to assembled reporters (SOT) (2 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GV AND SVs Monumental tomb where Cubans killed in Grenada will be buried; relief sculptures of soldiers on walls of tomb (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 6):
REPORTER: "Captain, what they got here today?"
CAPTAIN: "Today, so far as weapons are concerned are in excess of 700 Czechoslovakian, Russian (indistinct) weapons found in a cache in the island."
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 12):
MARINE: "They want us to be really safety conscious, y'know. Kinda like its cooled down. I think they run out of things for us to do really."
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 13):
RICARDO ALARCON: "I think the conclusion is obvious. If we were told that by Monday morning the airplane was landing in Havana bringing part of these people, and we are now Tuesday evening and nothing has happened and the plane is still waiting in Barbados, something is going on that is not going well."
REPORTER: "Are the Americans being obstructive. Is that your understanding?"
RICARDO ALARCON: "It's my conviction."
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Background: United States marines on November 1 searched the small island of Carriacou, some 26 kilometres north of Grenada, for Cuban troops and weapons. Altogether 300 troops landed on the Grenadine island in a combined air-sea operation, and a command spokesman claimed that a total of 700 Czech and Soviet-made weapons had been found in a cache. They were discovered after a friendly Grenadians led a landing party to a warehouse containing guns, ammunition and other equipment. As patrols continued by truck and on foot in Carriacou and Grenada itself, U.S. Defence Department sources said the Grenada operation would be winding down, although land-based A-10 attack planes had been moved to Puerto Rico to provide support for the 5,800 ground troops on the island. In the capital, St. George's, it was announced that the death toll from the accidental bombing of a mental home by the U.S.-led invasion force could reach as much as 80. Sixteen bodies had been found, but 66 people were still unaccounted for. As part of the mopping-up operation, U.S. troops surrounded the Cuban Embassy in Grenada, detained four diplomats and ordered the rest to live within twenty-four hours. This prompted the giving of a news conference in Havana by Cuba's deputy Foreign Minister, Ricardo Alarcon. He told reporters that two of the diplomats were later released but that the fate of the others was not known. They had, he said, been instructed to remain in Grenada until every Cuban had been safely evacuated from the island. He accused the United States of being obstructive over the evacuation of Cuban citizens.