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Ship Extortion #464101

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 18, 1972
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(Studio) Queen Elizabeth II ship is in Atlantic, carrying 1500 passengers, 800 crew, toward England. Anonymous telephone call to Cunard Line reveals 6 bombs on ship will explode unless $350,000 ransom paid Cunard ready to pay. British government drops team of bomb-disposal experts by parachute into sea. They search for bombs. REPORTER: John Chancellor

(New York City) Queen Elizabeth Il left New York City Monday Passengers include conductor Leopold Tchaikovsky and Grace Kelly's uncle, George Kelly. Cunard official, Richard Patton, denies reports extortionist will call again. [PATTON - says Cunard prepared to move at moment's notice should necessity arise. Says passengers have not been informed of threat.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor (narrates)

(Studio) Passengers are now being told of extortion attempt.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John

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