Cargo ship bound for Australia almost met same fate as US missionary - ran aground attacked by tribe

Mail Online | 8/2/1981 | Laura Hedges For Daily Mail Australia
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Crew members on a cargo ship bound for Australia made a very lucky escape from the same island where a US missionary was killed earlier this month when it ran aground in 1981.

The Primrose was transporting chicken feed from Bangladesh to Australia when was hit by a terrifying storm around the Bay of Bengal on August 2, 1981.

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The 16,000 ton freighter and its 31 crew were thrown around for hours before running aground on a nearby coral reef shortly before midnight.

They had stopped close to the idyllic-looking North Sentinel Island but as the sea remained treacherous, Captain Liu Chunglong decided not to lower lifeboats and for crew to remain on board.

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A report from the American Scholar in 2000 said that several days later, a Primrose crew member spotted movement on the island.

'They were small men, well-built, frizzy-haired and black. They were naked except for narrow belts that circled their waists,' reporter Adam Goodheart wrote.

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'And they were holding spears, bows and arrows which they had begun waving in a manner that seemed not altogether friendly.'

Captian Liu then made an urgent call to Regent Shipping Company's offices in Hong Kong requesting an airdrop of firearms to defend themselves against the islanders.

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'Wild men, estimate more than 50, carrying various homemade weapons are making two or three wooden boats,' his message read.

'Worrying they will board us at sunset. All crew members' lives not guaranteed.'

Weather - Primrose

The same treacherous weather that had run The Primrose...
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