DIARY: Hill & Knowlton's Argy bargy on the high seas

Another agency battling along is Hill & Knowlton, which faced broken engines and firearms on the high seas.

As part of the ongoing BT Global Challenge, race press officer Darrell McLennan Fordyce was with journalists on a 40-foot yacht, Napoleon, covering the race restart in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The trip out to the start line was fine. But on the return, crisis management of a very practical nature was required. The motor conked out eight kilometres off shore - in the middle of a highspeed ferry lane. Gas was leaking, there was only one life-jacket and the radio was broken.

McLennan Fordyce and company tried waving down passing boats, only to receive cheery waves in return from crews who thought they were just being friendly. But the acme was when an unnamed member of the media posse - who had snaffled the life-jacket - pulled out a gun and began firing it randomly in the air.

'Referring to my trusty copy of PRWeek's Guide to Press Events, I found no reference to this situation,' jokes McLennan Fordyce, who has obviously lived to tell the tale.

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