Original footage and supplemental reenactment of event that took place about a week earlier when the U.S. Navy Zeppelin, USS Akron (ZRS-4) attempted to dock for refueling at Camp Kearny, San Diego, California. In clips from that actual event, spectators watch as a hundred Navy ground crew sailors attempt to hold down the dirigible. But one of the Akron cable rings breaks and the sailors are unable to hold her. All let go of the lines except for three sailors, two of whom fell to their deaths. Scenes are shown of the remaining sailor, Bud Cowart of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, as he hangs on for more than an hour until the USS Akron crew pulls him through a port hole to safety aboard the air ship. Views shot about a week later show officers inside the Akron and Sailor Cowart aboard the airship.
A walrus caught from the coasts of Alaska weighing 400 pounds in San Diego United States. Man with milk bottle milking walrus. Walrus crawls towards the shower to cool down its body temperature. Man showers water over walrus body with the help of a water shower.
U.S. Navy airship, USS Akron (ZRS-4) over Camp Kearny, San Diego, California, attempting to dock for refueling. A hundred sailors hold on to spider lines from rings on cables lowered by the USS Akron. After one ring breaks, all sailors let go except three who are pulled aloft as the airship lurches up from an updraft. One, Robert H. Edsall, falls to his death, followed by Nigel M. Henton, who also suffers the same fate. The third, Charles Cowart, manages to tie himself to the cable and is eventually pulled into the airship, safely.
The USS Akron (ZRS-4) over Camp Kearny, near San Diego, California,docking to refuel. A large group of sailors hold on to cables lowered from the USS Akron. They are being dragged by the dirigible as they try to arrest it, unsuccessfully. All the sailors let go of the cables, except three, who are pulled into the air. One of the dangling sailore, Robert H. Edsall, falls to his death. Moments later, Sailor, Nigel M. Henton, also loses his grip and falls. The third sailor, Charles Cowart, ties himself to the cable and is seen being pulled close to the USS Akron.
View from the U.S. Navy Zeppelin, USS Akron (ZRS-4) as Sailor Charles (Bud) Cowart secures his position, suspended on a cable from the airship, 2000 feet above the ground following a cable ring failure that left three sailors dangling beneath the Akron, at Camp Kearny, San Diego, California.(The other two fell to their deaths.) Large group of sailors stand on ground below, watching. Crew of the Akron reel in the cable carrying Cowart and pull him aboard. View of Cowart, inside the Akron, calmly speaking of his experience.
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