• Short Summary

    On a summer's day in June 1957, 9 men died when a Swiss Dakota Aircraft crashed without warning into Lake Constance.

  • Description

    1.
    Panning shot of lake.
    31 ft

    2.
    Panning shot of harbour on to boat.
    33 ft

    3.
    Shot of boat pulling out.
    18 ft

    3a.
    Further back shot.
    25 ft

    4.
    C.U. Bald-headed man.
    4 ft

    5.
    Loading camera onto railway truck.
    17 ft

    6.
    C.U. Bald-headed man.
    3 ft

    7.
    Loading monitor onto truck.
    8 ft

    8.
    M.L.S. Fixing the grab.
    21 ft

    9.
    Filling generator with petrol
    7 ft

    10.
    First launch
    4 ft

    11.
    Second launch
    7 ft

    12.
    L.S. Caption
    5 ft

    13.
    C.U. Alan
    6 ft

    14.
    C.U. TV Screen with Grab half in water
    14 ft

    15.
    Grab going into water
    12 ft

    16.
    L.S.Crane driver
    6 ft

    17.
    Helper
    3 ft

    18.
    Cable-can
    5 ft

    19.
    2-shot Danny & Alan at TV set
    3 ft

    20.
    TV screen forward feet
    39 ft

    21.
    Winch driver
    4 ft

    22.
    TV screen forward fast slightly right
    10 ft

    23.
    M.S. Ron stills photographer
    4 ft

    24.
    TV Screen underwater
    16 ft

    25.
    C.U. Danny
    4 ft

    26.
    TV screen hitting bottom
    9 ft

    27.
    C.U. Crane driver
    2 ft

    28.
    TV sand settling after touch
    13 ft

    29.
    C.U.Alan


    30.
    TV Screen, cable to picture
    18 ft

    31.
    Cable man
    4 ft

    32.
    TV screen
    6 ft

    33.
    CU winch operator
    3 ft

    34.
    TV screen first grab
    12 ft

    35.
    Crane driver
    2 ft

    36.
    CU Colonel giving "UP"
    4 ft

    37.
    Grab breaking surface
    4 ft

    38.
    CU Helper
    4 ft

    39.
    Grab coming up
    9 ft

    40.
    Cable man
    3 ft

    41.
    Taking first wreckage out of grab
    19 ft

    42.
    Motor boat
    4 ft

    43.
    Caption
    3 ft

    44.
    2-shot Alan and Danny
    2 ft

    45.
    TV under water
    20 ft

    46.
    Stills photographer
    5 ft

    47.
    TV under water
    11 ft

    48.
    Winch driver
    3 ft

    49.
    TV under water
    38 ft

    50.
    CU Helper watching
    3 ft

    51.
    TV under water
    21 ft

    52.
    2-shot Danny & Alan joined by stills photographer
    30 ft

    53.
    TV under water
    20 ft

    54.
    CU photographer
    4 ft

    55.
    TV under water
    10 ft

    56.
    CU Danny
    6 ft

    57.
    CU Alan
    3 ft

    58.
    CU Winch Driver
    4 ft

    59.
    Underwater wing grab
    23 ft

    60.
    Crane driver
    5 ft

    61.
    Helper
    3 ft

    62.
    Cable man
    3 ft

    63.
    Grab surfaced
    6 ft

    64.
    Helpers watching
    3 ft

    65.
    Grab with wing rising in the air
    6 ft

    66.
    Colonel Hoeggar watching
    3 ft

    67.
    Starting to secure wing with 18 wires
    18 ft

    68.
    Helpers holding cable
    3 ft

    69.
    Making holes in wing, securing to TV camera and back to grab
    22 ft

    70.
    Camera being dismantled
    5 ft

    71.
    Col. Hoeggar examining wing
    16 ft

    72.
    Two technicians watching
    2 ft

    73.
    Crane driver
    2 ft

    74.
    LS tender to main floating crane
    13 ft

    75.
    LS tender to main floating including wing
    4 ft

    76.
    Helper holding cable
    5 ft

    77.
    Pulling wing aboard
    9 ft

    78.
    Dawn - LS Grab and camera on board
    11 ft

    79.
    MCU of Cyril wiping camera dry
    10 ft

    80.
    MLS dismantling grab from top
    6 ft

    81.
    CU Alan examining camera
    6 ft

    82.
    CU Man - in grab
    6 ft

    83.
    Day - CU Wing and tracking shot length of wreck
    46 ft

    84.
    CU on wing, pan to Colonel in harbour in background and back
    28 ft

    85.
    NCU Colonel making notes, pan to wreckage
    16 ft

    86.
    LS High angle whole working panning right to left.
    23 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: On a summer's day in June 1957, 9 men died when a Swiss Dakota Aircraft crashed without warning into Lake Constance. The Swiss Government ordered an immediate enquiry and recovery of the wreckage. A salvage team was headed by Colonel Karl Hoagger. His initial survey revealed so many hazards that underwater television exports from Pye of Cambridge were called in. The only suitable craft available, a local ferry, was unfortunately in continuous daytime service. So it meant salvage by night only.

    A Pye underwater television camera arrived. It identified wreckage lying scattered 680 feet below the surface. By early August most had been recovered - but only by laborious, conventional salvage which was adding further damage to wreckage. Vital parts were still missing, too.

    And on August 5th, a new and as yet untried piece of equipment makes its appearance - a giant grab attachment for the TV camera. The electric generator is fueled and our story begins.......

    As night falls, 2 launches tow the ferry to its search position
    The captain, crew and technical men prepare for their long night vigil
    The grab is the brainchild of Ben Coleman, a Pye Underwater TV expert, and specially made.

    by Pye at the request of Colonel Hoeggar. Everything hinges on its success.

    Camera and grab are lowered to within three feet of the lake bed.

    The cable is held clear, TV monitors on deck show a continuous underwater picture as the launches and ferry tow the TV camera and grab attachment across the lake bed at 150 feet per minute. If the grab works, wreckage can be identified and salvaged in one operation instead of two. Hours can be cut down to minutes.

    The winch operator is the key man ......
    ....watching the screen with grab poised, judging when to drop it on the moving target.

    Everything is recorded photographically.

    Somewhere here lies a vital engine, buried in thick mud that swirls up ...... at the slightest touch.

    Keeping the speeding grab off the lake bed is a tricky task.

    The grab is lifted.....

    .. and the water clears again, But the undulating lake bed is not the only ....
    ..... thing to watch.

    A twist in the cable can spin camera and grab like a top and become fouled. Later, a special stabilizing fin....
    ... makes the cable man's job easier.

    What's this. Decisions have to be made quickly.

    .. and down dives the grab, steel fingers outstretched.

    Colonel Hoeggar signals "up"....
    ... and the grab is surfaced.

    There is much speculation...

    .......

    ... The cable is steadied.

    It is wreckage, quite small; a piece of cockpit. It could be valuable evidence. But this is no easy talk.

    For night after night, sometimes in torrential rain, the search goes on.

    Forward visibility with the TV camera is 20 feet, four times the distance seen with the unaided human eye. But we see nothing.

    but acres and acres of mud.

    Occasionally tooth marks tell us that other grapnel hooks have been this way before.

    Before the was conceived, wreckage had first to be located and marked with a buoy on the surface. Boats then trawled the area with steel hammers, which had to wound round the wreckage before it could be hauled in.

    This method often resulted in additional mutilation of the wreckage. On average, it took a whole day to land one piece. The grab it was hoped, would change all this. But after many night of watching, one grows tired.

    Attention wanders... the moving pattern of mud becomes a grey, changing background against which to pose one's private thoughts...

    And this is the time when something is bound to happen.....

    Without warning, a ton of probing steel plummets to the bed of the lake.

    False alarm - or a valuable find?
    We shall soon know.....

    The crew know what to do .....

    it is wreckage - large and heavy, and Colonel Hoeggar is determined that this is one that will not get away
    It is the wing of the crashed aircraft. Wires are used to secure it.

    The cable is held clear.

    Holes are made in the wing for the wires to pass through.

    It is success! The grab has brought up the complete starboard wing of the Dakota, a very rewarding night's work.

    It is dawn and another long night's search is over.

    There is still much to be done... The stabilizing fin stands out against the sky.

    Equipment has to be dismantled...

    Equipment has to be checked and made ready for the next evening's trawl.

    The wing is added as an important link in the evidence and Colonel Hoeggar nears the end of an arduous operation which began when he descended to the lake bed by bathyscope to discover almost insurmountable problems. Human visibility less than ten feet, thick and that stirred up whenever the bathyscope touched bottom; and the grave threat of wreckage entanglement. He saw Pye Underwater Television as his only answer.

    The equipment which located the crashed Comet off Elba has now gained fresh laurels.

    Together we have seen a considerable advance in underwater salvage techniques - the Pye TV Grab - and another step forwards in the endless development of television for which Pye Limited of Cambridge are World famous.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADZJKRWD59X7ZIK8YTMWW4BXNI
    Media URN:
    VLVADZJKRWD59X7ZIK8YTMWW4BXNI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/08/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:08:09:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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