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Oil Spill / After Effects #486761

NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 24, 1976
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(Studio) People on Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Cape Cod get tentative good news from Coast Guard today with regard to oil spill from "Argo Merchant." Guard says if wind conts. to blow from northw. spill won't hit United States shore and may not sink into Georges Bank fishing area.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Otis AFB, Massachusetts) Fishermen report often seeing ships shortcutting marked shipping lanes north of New York City and going through shoals area. [Fisherman Didrik DIDRIKSEN - says fishermen see it every day; cites reasons why ships might do it.] Otis Air Force Base Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Barry Chambers was airlifted onto wrecked ship; says it may not have had key piece of navigational equipment. [CHAMBERS - says he never saw long-range aide-to-navigation set on bridge of ship; cites how it's used.] Guard will gear down actions for Christmas Day and Sunday and reassess situation on Monday
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) Liberian government investigates possibility of intentional grounding. Some of crewmen in NYC.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(NYC) Crew members staying at Seamen's Church Institute; those who talked to reporters don't like to talk about wreck, but all say same thing. [TRANSLATOR - says crewman says wreck was accident and asks who would want to drive ships on shoals. Says crewman claims weather made ship get off course.] These crewmen in New York City under subpoenas in connection with lawsuit by Boston fishermen.
REPORTER: Betty Rollin

Chancellor, John;
Hager, Robert;
Rollin, Betty

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