Amphicar sunk near Beirut ?

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by David Chapman, Feb 24, 2001.

  1. David Chapman
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    Guys,

    Through a friend of a friend I heard this story earlier this week:

    Back when Amphicars were new (so guess about 1966) a guy and two girls were
    cruising in the Mediterranean Sea not far from Beirut in the Lebanon. They
    were apparently 5 miles off shore (!) when suddenly the Amphicar sunk. One
    of the girls swam the 5 miles to shore to raise the alarm whilst the guy and
    the other girl were able to hang on to the wreckage until being rescued.

    The person the story came from is now married to one of the girls and
    certainly believes it to be a true story, but swimming 5 miles ? even in the
    nice warm Med ? and that would imply sea conditions were OK so what caused
    Amphi to sink ?

    Has anyone heard of this story before ?

    The two European sinkings I've heard of is the Amphi that was sunk in an
    Indian monsoon (talked about in some contemporary roadtests) the reason
    given is the convertible top was down and the rain was so heavy it just
    filled up with water, and the Amphi that sunk near Gibralter whilst trying
    to cross from Africa to Spain with a load of illegal smoking substances.
    (Never seen any reports/photos so could be urban legend)


    David Chapman in the UK (just popping outside to check my bilge plug !)
     
  2. David

    Very interesting stories, I would be interested to find out if they,
    especially the first one is true. Five miles out, seems like a long
    way in an Amphicar.
    Don't you have a birthday today? Happy Birthday Cheers.

    Marty
    BUOYANT in a warm garage in WI

    --- In amphicar-lovers@y..., "David Chapman" <davidc@a...> wrote:
    > Guys,
    >
    > Through a friend of a friend I heard this story earlier this week:
    >
    > Back when Amphicars were new (so guess about 1966) a guy and two
    girls were
    > cruising in the Mediterranean Sea not far from Beirut in the
    Lebanon. They
    > were apparently 5 miles off shore (!) when suddenly the Amphicar
    sunk. One
    > of the girls swam the 5 miles to shore to raise the alarm whilst
    the guy and
    > the other girl were able to hang on to the wreckage until being
    rescued.
    >
    > The person the story came from is now married to one of the girls
    and
    > certainly believes it to be a true story, but swimming 5 miles ?
    even in the
    > nice warm Med ? and that would imply sea conditions were OK so what
    caused
    > Amphi to sink ?
    >
    > Has anyone heard of this story before ?
    >
    > The two European sinkings I've heard of is the Amphi that was sunk
    in an
    > Indian monsoon (talked about in some contemporary roadtests) the
    reason
    > given is the convertible top was down and the rain was so heavy it
    just
    > filled up with water, and the Amphi that sunk near Gibralter whilst
    trying
    > to cross from Africa to Spain with a load of illegal smoking
    substances.
    > (Never seen any reports/photos so could be urban legend)
    >
    >
    > David Chapman in the UK (just popping outside to check my bilge
    plug !)
     
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