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A Unique Accident and a Heroic Rescue: A British Seaplane Wedged in a Wireless Mast (Inset, a Larger View of the Seaplane)

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For saving the airman the King recently awarded the Albert Medal in gold to Nicholas Rath, Seaman. R.N.R., and the Albert Medal to Richard Knoulton, Ordinary Seaman, R.N., and Georhe F. P. Abbott, Deck-hand, R.N.R. Trawler Section). The “Gazette ” stated ” On September t4 a seaplane collided with a Poulsen mast and remained wedged in it, the pilot ;Acting Flight-Commander E. A. de Ville) being rendered unconscious and thrown out on to one of the wings. The three men climbed up the mast for too feet, when Rath, making use of the boatswain’s chair, which moves inside the mast, was hoisted up by men at the foot to the place, over 300 feet from the ground, where the seaplane was fixed. He then climbed out on the plane and held the pilot until the arrival of Knoulton and Abbott, who passed the masthead gantline out to him. Having secured the pilot with the gantline, they lifted him from the plane and lowered him to the ground. One of the three supports of the mast was fractured, and, so far as the men knew, the mast or seaplane might at any time have collapsed.”- lP’koto:rophr by; ro tr per r Illuntrlion,.



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Issue 4105. - Vol CLI

Dec, 22 1917

Illustrated London News