DOWNED AUSSIE PILOT RESCUED OFF KIRIBATI

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HONOLULU (Pacific Islands Report, Oct. 6) - An Australian pilot whose small plane went into the Pacific Ocean northeast of Kiribati on Monday was reportedly rescued yesterday by a passing container ship.

It was the second time that Ray Clamback, of Sydney, has been rescued after ditching an airplane in the Pacific.

According to The Associated Press, Clamback was ferrying a Cessna 182 from Hilo, Hawaii, to Melbourne, Australia when he went down Monday about 885 kilometers northeast of Kiribati.

He was alone in the plane.

According to the AP, Clalmback swam for several hours before a U.S. Coast Guard rescue plane dropped a life raft for him. He floated in the raft for about 9 hours before the container ship P&O Nedlloyd of Los Angeles – on its way from Los Angeles to Melbourne – picked him up.

It is reportedly the second time in five years that Clamback, of Sydney aircraft ferry company Clamback and Hennessy, has had to ditch in the Pacific and be rescued the same way.

October 6, 2004

 

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