A chase worthy of any dramatic noval followed the escape of 32-year-old Estonian fisherman, Erich Teayn, from his Russian ship Ukraina, anchored off lonely Shotland Isle, north-east Britain.
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Background: A chase worthy of any dramatic noval followed the escape of 32-year-old Estonian fisherman, Erich Teayn, from his Russian ship Ukraina, anchored off lonely Shotland Isle, north-east Britain. Pursued by 30 Russians, he made the shore in a fast boat, scrambled over hillside and desolate moorland gullies and finally was hidden in a crofter's cottage as the Russians passed within 50 yards.
Teayn was spotted by a Russian lookout as he fled his ship, anchored in Walls Bay during a herring fishing trip. Thirty men immediately gave chase in various boats, but Estonian had the fastest craft and outpaced them to the shore. Racing desperately into the island, he ran up to Mr. David Fraser and asked for political asylum. Mr. Fraser did not understand him, but his son William was able to speak to the Estonian in broken German and to learn that he was afraid of being killed by the Russian s if recaptured. The Fraser family sheltered Teayn in their cottage while they telephoned the police and while the Russians passed their door.
Later, three Russian captains from the fishing fleet went ashore and asked politely for Teayn's release, but were refused. The matter is now in the hands of the Hoem Office and the Home Secretary, Mr. R.A. Butler, told the House of Commons in London yesterday afternoon that Teayn would be given "every consideration" if he asked for asylum.
Mr. William Fraser was interviewed by a BBC reporter in Glasgow last night and in our telerecording gives a graphic story of his meeting and conversations with Teayn...