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United States Ship Seized By Cambodian Gunboat #482635

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 12, 1975
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(Studio) United States merchant ship, Mayaguez, fired upon and seized by Cambodian government gunboat; Mayaguez's 40-member crew apparently taken prisoner. White House says boat captured on high seas; describes act as piracy; Mayaguez rptdly. in Cambodian harbor, Kompong Som, now.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) President meets with National Security Council [Press Secretary Ron NESSEN - issues statement with regard to seizure. State Department to demand immediate release of ship; failure to do so will have serious consequences.] No air of crisis pervades White House; Secretary of State Henry Kissinger goes to Saint Louis, Missouri, for speech. White House denies Mayaguez working on spy mission; spokesperson refuses to discuss nature of contact United States trying to make with new Cambodian government Congress reaction mixed. [Senator Hubert HUMPHREY - thinks government should stop, look, listen before turning to military as recourse.] [Senator John SPARKMAN - thinks if Cambodia fails to release ship, US should go after it.] [Senator James BUCKLEY - recommends immediate US retaliation.] White House spokesperson refuse to discuss President Ford's possible action if Cambodia fails to give up ship.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) Sea-Land Corporation owns Mayaguez; firm says part of cargo is military 1 report says unarmed United States reconnaissance plane flew near harbor today; another report says American aircraft carrier and other ships steaming near area just in case they're needed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John
Duration:
00:03:20

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