The story must get through: A dedicated, then 20-year-old sports editor of The Nelson Evening Mail takes off his shoes and socks, rolls up his shirt sleeves and trouser legs, gets down on his knees in the wet sand and types out his copy on an Olivetti Lettera 32 portable on the front seat of a rapidly sinking staff car at a beach on Tasman Bay in New Zealand in February 1969. The car did sink, but was later rescued. The story did get through, and was later praised. The journalist didn't drown, but survived to write this post exactly 44 years later.
Photos by Colin Warren, of Westport, Buller.
William Boot has nothing of this, Jasper!
Forget the rising tide, save the Olivetti - it's in the boot of the car.
I'll need it for International Typewriter Appreciation Month in 2013.
Last time I cover a regatta on Tasman Bay