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Ventress_George_Accident_1913 - VENTRESS IN GRAVE DANGER ESCAPES • -IN 'SAFETY,...
VENTRESS IN GRAVE DANGER ESCAPES • -IN 'SAFETY, GASOLINE PIRES IN BOAT APTER LEAKING, A'Nb LONE OCCUPANT IS SINGED : IN, &ETTING ASHORE. G'eorge VerilirSss had a narrow es-> cape shortly 'after tour o'clock yesterday when slit' gallons of gasoline caught fire ini; the fishing boat hu wa« using, Wittiest was In tub'mid- dle of the rivff.'-.Nothing but Ventress' presence bf'.inlnd and"the quick action of Martin'Gilmore saved him. The engine" In, the boat had not been working! right and tVetetresB was havtag considerable 'trouble trying to start It. After Staining the carburetor tp fill ,lilB*prlMiing cup he neglected ttf, e%&- the «ock and six gallons of gasoline drained into the bottom Of the .bout before Ventress noticed it. A-bage explosion set this gasoline attrd<and within, a few seconds the'Dbat waa filled with flames. Ventress triad ; 'to make to shore with the pars and he 'rowed until his hands were'burned and the hair was singed off-fate head. Finally ho straddled tlurl&uoline tank in the bow of the bOa|\ahd began to paddlfc with his handsV' Martin Gilmore, a fellow fisherman who had witnessed the accident frc^hi the bank, made a hurried trip to'' him -In a ( sk{ff. Ventress was rescued and the burning boat waBit'Owed'to shore where a number of fishermen helped in ex- tlnjjulshtag the' flames. The boat was only slightly damaged. Ventress is a good swimmer, but he was afraid to jump, into 4h« -cold, water when the ooat Caught fire as lie feared he wo>i*d> drovthi before help could reach Kim.' ' i

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 20 Dec 1913, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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