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IOL: Alleged mutiny averted on oil rig
June 08 2005
An oil rig heading for Cape Town erupted in mutiny by American crew against their French captain, who had to be airlifted to safety after they threatened to throw him overboard. The drama brought two Cape Town helicopters carrying private detectives to the rig after a 140-mile rescue dash at midday on Friday. They negotiated to end the drama and eventually five crew were taken off at Cape Town and sent back to the United States.
A South African marine technician aboard the oil rig said the American sailors had lobbed the captain's briefcase containing his log book, travel documents and other personal items into the water, threatening that "he would be next". The Frenchman suffered a nervous collapse, the technician said.
The Pride South Sea had left the Gulf of Mexico under the command of an American captain, but when it docked at Recife on the Brazil coast in March, it acquired a French captain for the leg of the voyage to Cape Town.
The American sailors accused the captain of picking on them, and he was gunning for them because they were lazy and undisciplined.
News of mutiny on the oil rig spread quickly among Cape Town harbour officials and people in local shipping circles. They said it was "the first time in 100 years" that a captain had had to be saved from his mutinous crew.
The captain was taken to City Park hospital on Sunday where he stayed overnight before leaving for France on Monday.
Originally posted by deltaboy
we have to hear wat the American side of the story before we judge as to wat happened. who knows maybe the French croaked too much and too loud .
The Frenchman suffered a nervous collapse, the technician said.
Well its good to see the captain layed down and took it like a frenchman. It just wouldn't do for him to have somehow put on a display of backbone. It would have ruined his fellow countrymens reputation.