• Short Summary

    THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) RELEASED TWO YACHTS AND 13 PEOPLE SEIZED NEARLY TWO MONTHS AGO WHILE ON A CRUISE FROM HONG KONG, BUT A THIRD YACHT WITH A AMERICAN CREW WAS NOT RELEASED.

  • Description


    YACHT 'REVERIE' ENTERING HONG KONG HARBOUR; CREW OF 'UNI-NA-MARA' OFF DINGHY AND GREETED; CREW OF 'REVERIE' ASHORE AND GREETED; NEWS CONFERENCE; ROSS SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: "WERE YOU ABLE TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH MR. BALDWIN?"



    ROSS ANSWERS: "YES, WE HAD OCCASIONAL TALKS WITH MR. BALDWIN, BUT THEY WERE USUALLY LACONIC BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN EXPRESSLY FORBIDDEN TO COMMUNICATE WITH US".



    REPORTER: "IN OTHER WORDS THEY WERE TREATING THE AMERICANS QUITE DIFFERENTLY?"



    ROSS: "THEY WERE TREATING MR. BALDWIN DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE HIS CASE WAS DIFFERENT FROM OURS ... THEY HAD A LOT OF DIFFICULTY IN IDENTIFICATION AND IN FOLLOWING UP HIS CLAIMS. THIS IS NOT TO SAY, I MAY HASTILY ADD, THAT MR. BALDWIN'S PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES ARE DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW UP, BUT THE AUTHORITIES REALLY HAD DIFFICULTIES DOING SO".




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    Background: THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) RELEASED TWO YACHTS AND 13 PEOPLE SEIZED NEARLY TWO MONTHS AGO WHILE ON A CRUISE FROM HONG KONG, BUT A THIRD YACHT WITH A AMERICAN CREW WAS NOT RELEASED. THE SKIPPER OF ONE OF THE YACHTS, MR. ROSS, GAVE PRESS-CONFERENCE LATER.

    THE THREE YACHTS WERE ARRESTED BY CHINESE GUNBOATS ON FEBRUARY 16TH. ALTOGETHER FIFTEEN PEOPLE WERE ON BOARD, AND ALL WERE RELEASED EXCEPT SIMEON BALDWIN AND BESSIE HOPE DONALD, BOTH AMERICANS, WHO APPARENTLY DID NOT HAVE ANY IDENTIFICATION PAPERS WITH THEM. IT WAS ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE YACHT MAY HAVE BEEN HELD BECAUSE THERE WAS SOPHISTICATED ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT ABOARD.

    THE THIRTEEN PEOPLE RELEASED YESTERDAY WERE TWO BRITONS, THREE SWEDES, A FRENCHMAN, TWO AMERICANS, AN AUSTRALIAN GIRL AND FOUR CHINESE CREWMEN. THE TWO YACHTS RELEASED WERE THE 'REVERIE' AND THE 'UNI-NA-MARA'. THE YACHT STILL IN CHINESE HANDS IS THE 'MORASUM'.

    HECTOR ROSS WHO GAVE THE PRESS CONFERENCE IS A SCOTSMAN WHO WORKS FOR THE HONG KONG MARINE DEPARTMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEWAW2SG6RUMM3561WH5FSQTOO
    Media URN:
    VLVAEWAW2SG6RUMM3561WH5FSQTOO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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