The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 2, 1953 · Page 12
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BLYTHEV1LLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS .MONDAY, FEB. g, 1958 Floods Kill 478 In Euorpe; Ship » Sinking Is Probed Six Americans Among Dead; 8 Others Missing AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands tnl—Huge seas driven far Inshore by hurricane winds left at least 478 persons drowned and hundreds missing today after a terror-ridden weekend lit the lowlands of Belgium, The Netherlands and England. The pounding waters yesterday morning ruptured dikes and sea walls which had stood for centuries, sweeping over fertile acres— much of them reclaimed from the aoa — where millions lived and farmed. To the mounting toll on land v.'ere added deaths at sea •— 131! drowned In the hurricane-sinking of the ferry Princess Victoria off Northern Ireland Saturday and 15 men lost aboard a trawler which vanished off the Hebrides yesterday. '' A U. S. Third Air Force spokesman sold the known dead in England Included six Americans—an airman, an airman's wife and four children — all drowned at their - homes tu the area of the U. S. bomber base of Sculthorpe, near Hunstanton on the North Sea Coast of Lincolnshire. Tho spokesman said eight other Americans were missing, seven In the Hunstnnfon area and a sergeant at Bentwaler base near Ipswich. There was also an unconfirmed report that a 14-year-old American boy was missing in the Bentwater area. Names Withheld Tho Air Force withheld the names ot all the dead and missing, pending notification of next of kin. Here In Holland and Belgium, Hie death roll mounted rapidly iast night as tho stricken little nations mustered all their resources to meet mounting dangers of disease and starvation. Search teams still were unable to contact many flooded areas. The Dutch weather bureau warned that high winds today would continue to threaten the broken dikes. In Britain, the forecast was for irosli winds tending • to "moderate slowly." Tills was tho toll of known dead: The Netherlands: 300 Britain: 163 Belgium: 15 In England grim-faced officials feared that many more residents along the Eastern Coast had been swept out to sea. The money cost of the week-end disaster —'one of the worst in Europe's peacetime history — ran Into uncounted millions of dollars. Breaching Holland's historic dikes in countless places, the flood waters poured inland as much as 40 miles at sbme points. Hardest 132 Perished In Tragedy of English Ferry DONAGHADEE, Nor'llicrn Ire- Innd '.fl—The British government .started an Inquiry today Into the sinking of the ferry Princess Victoria In (lie Irish Sea with a loss of 132 lives. Weary Const Guardsmen and lifeboat crews had recovered 73 bodies when darkness forced them to quit last night with no hopes of further survivors. Only 44 of the 178 persons who sot out on Ihe 3U-mlle crossing from Slrttnraer, Scotland, to L,ttr- ne, Northern Ireland, Saturday morning lived through the disaster. Not one of the more than 30 women tr-d children aboard was among the rescued. The inquiry into the cause of the sinking was announced by n spokesman for the state-owned British railway system, which op- enote Group *lans Probe Of Waterfront WASHINGTON Wi — The Senate Commerce Committee ha« act up inchtnery tor IU planned investl fitton of racketeering on the Ne 'ork-New Jersey waterfront and orln of the East. Gulf and West 'oasts. Committee Chairman Tobey ( ril) appointed a seven-man sufo- ommlltce Saturday, with himself chairman, nnd chose Downey "ilce as counsel. Rice served with he old Kcfanver crime Invesllga- ing commHtee. Tohey «aid the Justtc Depart- nent has pledged full co-operation le said he will ask the PHI for ome "top-notch Investigators" to iclp Rice. area. Lt. Gen. Mnnton S. Eddy, u. S. Army commander In nhieMn Europe, planned to follow up with a flying visit to sec what help Ills forces could give. Premier W 1 u c m Di-ccs summoned the Dutch Cabinet into emergency session. He planned to report to Parliament, on the dls- SARDINE-MINDED—Walter Atworxl, 6;' at Qulncy. Mass., think' the knee of Fire LI. Arthur Mai-ford Is much more comfortable thnn the i/isicJo of the trash barrel, at right. Walter thought it was a dandy idea to crawl into Hie can, hut ttremen who had to cut the human sardine free though! otherwise. Casualties Identified WASHINGTON W—Tite Defense Department today identified tit Korean War casualties In a new list. (No. 710) that Included 13 killed, 49 wounded, 4'missing and 1 injured. aster tomorrow. Across the channel, the English owlancls from the mouth of the Thames north to Yorkshire — Ihe Innd called East Anglia — were Inundated, at some points as far inland as three miles, by water six feet deep. England's hardest hit spot appeared to be Cnnvcy Island, 25 miles down the Thames from London. After 30 bodies were recovered there, Police Supt. W. S. Pope snitl nt least 100 casualties could bo expected nml some 5,000 persons would Imve to be evacuated. Island residents clnnt; to roof tops or trees for hours until they were saved, or fell exhausted into the turbulent waters. 1 Thousands of British and Amer- erated the ferry. The,2,C9-l-ton vessel was only 35 mlnules out of Stranrncr when a towci'JiiK sea. blown up by a sudden Bale, smashed to the deck a door of (lia-compartmcut where she carried cars and trucks. Tho ship quickly took on tons ot water and went out of control, drifting toward the Irish coast, while lifeboats and rescue ship:; bucked mountainous waves in response to her radioed SOS, There was some confusion about the crippled vessel's position, and precious time was lost searching for her along the Scottish coast. The Princess Victoria, rolled over nnd went down five miles off this little Irish port less than seven hours after the first big wave hil her. The waves had carried awaj ~ucy and Desi "o Make Movie HOLLYWOOD (/Pj — Lucille ml her husband I3esl Arnaz nr in the movie "The Long, Lon rhller," next June. MGM ounced Inst night It, had slgnc ie stars of the television show ove Lucy." The film wilt be based on a boo y the late Clinton (Buddy) Twi txmb life in u trailer. hil were the provinces of Zcelnnd find Northern Brnbnnt, iti Southern Holland, the Frisian Isle of Tcxcl, and Ihe island of Walcheren, nt the mouth of the West Scheldt, Al some points the swirling floods wore 30 feet deep. Fiuiners j laced months and .years of hard I toil to reclaim the saH-dnmngcd j acres for agriculture. : Authorities estimated Hint areas populated by four million Dutch and Belginns were flooded. The \vfttcrs poured south lulu Belgium, flooding even wider areas of Flanders and turning the | great port of Antwerp into a cHy of confusion. Telephones nnd electric lights were knocked out. Ships ! in drj'docks were overturned. More than 50 cities and towns messaged for emergency nld. Many others coulrt" not even be contacted. Emergency radio cir- cuils crnctled vcitli a contused jumble of calls for aid. In Graveudcel--population 5,310 —55 were reported dead. Both Holland and Belgium proclaimed a stale of emergency as thousands tried to plug the fntpittg holes in the dikes with sandbrvvjs or fought (heir way through the ' swirling, near - freezing wixlers seeking survivors. Many drowned in their homes before they could escape. U. S. Army forces in Germnny scut a group of engineers and a small survey team to the tlooclec can servicemen and rescue teams worked around the clock lo remove survivors. Tens of thousands were removed from coastnl towns. The flood even rcnchcd Pulncy, a southwest suburb of London. Reports of horror, death nnd destruction cnme from all along the East. Coast. Suettlfilmm reported 20 missing and five known. 1 dead. Forty were 1 believed drowned nL •Hunslanlon. The Suffolk resort of Felix.stowc counted I? ricnd. A Lincolnshire jiolEcu superintendent o.stimaled homes of 5,000 to 6,000 people had been flooded on n 20-mile stretch of coast. The waves carried nway concrete mul steel walls 20 feel high. some of her bouts and washet onvs from others. Without onrs persons who got Into boats wer forced to sit and drift helplessly while the icy waters swept awn> screaming men, women and chl clren. Many Jumped into the sc just before the ferry rolled ovc nnci Kauk. A member of the crew, Angu Nelson, -12, said Cftpl. James Fei guson deliberately went down wit the ship. "I was In one of Ihe lust life boats to get nwuy," Nelson tol reporters. "Suddenly the Vlcton lU'Clcd right over. As she went, hud a last glimpse of the skippe clinging to the bridge with hand, hj<v : .ollicr tit a salute." Pete the Hippo Dies in Zoo Home NEW YORK </PJ — Death cam r'estcrday to Pete, the Bronx Zoo' Bachelor hippopotamus, who spen :i!s 50 years in zoos and never sa a jungle. Pete, n zoo official paid, had live longer by six years than any othc hippo In captivity, The hefty Pete, who was born i New York's Central Park Zoo Ju 13, 1903, had been weakening wit old age for years. Since Friday, h had been too exhausted to stun up and to eat. Festcrday, keepers administered lethal drug. Every year, scientists di.scovi about 5GOD new kinds of Insect 2000 new kinds of plants, 500 ne shelled creatures or mollusks, or 30 new laiinimals, and only I or three new birds. Blood Money Blood money originally | the money-penalty paid In oWifolk of his victim, according to t meant [days by a rrjurderer to the kins-1 Encyclopedia BrHarmlca. 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