Reported in the News Letter on February 14, 1934: Officer rescues Greek seaman from icy water

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Many parts of Great Britain were fogbound again yesterday, with serious dislocation of traffic, both on land and at sea. Fortunately, however, no serious mishaps occurred.

The MV Ulster Queen, which left Belfast on Monday night [Feb 12] for Liverpool, was involved in a slight collision in the Mersey yesterday morning. One of the bow plates was damaged. Most of the passengers, however, were unaware of the mishap.

The 27 members of the crew of the Greek steamer Meandros, who were reported missing after their vessel sank following a collision in the English Channel on Monday night, were landed at Portland, having been picked up in an open boat by a coaster. Only one man is missing.

Behind the sinking of the Greek steamer, Meandros, off St Catherine’s Point, Isle of Wight, lies a dramatic story of the rescue of one of her crew by Mr Evan Rowlands, the 20-year-old fourth officer of the British steamer, Dartford, the other vessel involved in the collision.

The Meandros sank within a few minutes.

“Immediately after the collision, agonised cries were heard,” said Captain J N Day, of the Dartford, in an interview at Portland.

“Through the fog a Greek seaman was seen struggling in the water.

“He was practically exhausted in the icy water.

“Without stopping to take off any clothes, Rowlands seized a lifeline, and dived into the water. He is a powerful swimmer, and soon reached the struggling man, fastened a line around him, and hauled him to safety.”

When approached by a reporter, Rowlands unassumingly remarked: “I just brought the Greek aboard. That is all.

“Better ask the captain about it.”