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Date: 25 December 1915



Aivid A. Frank, a young Swedish fireman, who is now staying at a sailor's lodging-house in St. Mary-street, has had the unusual experience of having his death announced, and his photo reproduced in a Swansea contemporary, as having been drowned off Brest, France.

[portrait of Aivid Frank]

Aivid is still very much alive. The facts gathered from him by our representative, who called on Friday, are that he was fireman on board the "Koophandel," a Norwegian ship, which was sunk last August. Frank was for eight hours in the water before being rescued, with other members of the crew, by a lifeboat. While on the lifeboat, which capsized three times, five of them (who were practically without clothing) succumbed to the cold and exposure, but the remaining seven were picked up by a French steamer and taken to Havre.

Frank, who had injured his foot in the lifeboat, was detained in hospital at Havre for a month. The crew was made up of three Swedes, three Belgians, three Danes, one Norwegian, one Swiss, and one Indian. Of these two Danes, one Norwegian, and one Swiss were drowned.

'"Drowned" Man's Story.' Herald of Wales. 25 Dec. 1915. 6.

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