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    Item showing the crash which killed Donald Campbell on Lake Coniston, Cumbria.

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    Item title reads - Fate stepped in.

    Donald Campbell dies in record bid. Lake Coniston, Cumbria.

    We hear Donald Campbell's muffled last words from the car. L/S Lake Coniston. L/S's covers being pulled from over the car Bluebird. C/U as Bluebird is put into the water. C/U Campbell in the cockpit. C/U of the engine, pan up to the tail with Union Jack on it. C/U as the engines start and Bluebird moves away. L/S Campbell's E-type Jag. M/S pan with Bluebird making its first run across lake from right to left.

    M/S people listening at the radio van. L/S people watching on shore. L/S as Bluebird comes towards camera from left to right on the fateful run and we hear Campbell's voice from the cockpit. The car's nose lifts, goes into a back somersault and crashes into the water. M/S police car pulling away. L/S rescue launch at the crash scene collecting wreckage. L/S wreckage floating in water. L/S police and ambulance. C/U's ambulance. M/S boats at the crash scene. M/S and L/S Leo Villa in one of the boats. M/S police frogmen. M/S pan as Leo Villa walks up the beach and through the crowds. M/S and C/U wreckage from Bluebird with registration No. K7. on it. M/S and L/S of pieces of wreckage by jetty. M/S another piece of wreckage. M/S seat from Bluebird. L/S of the lake with rescue boats still out.

    His last words were:
    "Pitching a bit down here...Probably from my own wash...Straightening up now on track...Rather close to Peel Island...Tramping like mad...er... Full power...Tramping like hell here... I can't see much... and the water's very bad indeed...I can't get over the top... I'm getting a lot of bloody row in here... I can't see anything... I've got the bows up...I've Gone.... oh!"

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:05:00 / 01:54:15:00

Comments (1)

  1. elfyski says

    This may be out of place here, but hopefully not in bad taste: A report from rock band Marillion's singer Steve Hogarth about the recovery of the Bluebird in 2001. Marillion had written a song about the Bluebird in 1995, which inspired Bill Smith to try to find the lost wreckage.


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