Sailor Charles (Bud) Cowart is rescued after dangling from the airship, USS Akron, two thousand feet above ground
San Diego California USA Date:1932, May 16 Duration:2 min 3 sec Sound:Yes
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.
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