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Australian PM Vanishes - 1967 Harold Holt, the 58-year-old prime minister of Australia, who had been in office only 22 months, vanished while swimmiming in the ocean late in 1967. On the morning of Sunday, December 17, Holt together with friends Christopher Anderson, Jan Lee and George Illson and his two bodyguards, drove down from Melbourne to see the British yachtsman Alec Rose sail through Port Phillip Heads in his boat Lively Lady to complete a leg of his solo circumnavigation of the globe, which started and ended in England. Around noon, the party drove to one of Holt's favorite swimming and snorkelling spots, Cheviot Beach on Point Nepean near Portsea, on the eastern arm of Port Phillip Bay. Holt decided to go swimming, although the surf was heavy and Cheviot Beach was notorious for its strong currents and dangerous rip tides. Ignoring his friends' pleas not to go in, Holt began swimming, but soon disappeared from view. Fearing the worst, his friends raised the alarm. Within a short time, the beach and the water off shore were being searched by a large contingent of police, Royal Australian Navy divers, Royal Australian Air Force helicopters, Army personnel from nearby Point Nepean and local volunteers. This quickly escalated into one of the largest search operations in Australian history, but no trace of Holt was ever found. Two days later, the government made an official announcement that Holt was presumed dead. Deputy Prime Minister John McEwen was sworn in as caretaker Prime Minister until such time as the governing Liberal party could elect a new leader. There were many rumors surrounding Holt's strange death, including claims that he had committed suicide or faked his own death in order to run away with his mistress. The mystery became the subject of numerous urban myths in Australia, including persistent claims that he was kidnapped (or rescued) by a Chinese submarine, or the far-fetched claim that he had been abducted by a UFO.
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Added: 6th February 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2014-02-07 
Doesn't sound like a mystery to me. Strong ocean currents can wear doen the best of swimmers. The violent waters and tides pushed the PM's corpse toward the ocean.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2014-02-08 
Wasn't he eaten by sharks?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2014-02-09 
No corpse was ever found. Based on the circumstances of his disappearance, Holt was declared dead two days after vasnishing. In fact, there was no official coroner's inquest because there was no body for a coroner to examine. (That law has since been changed.) Holt had suffered from some health issues in the weeks leading up to his disappearance in the ocean. Holt may not have been strong enough on that tragic day to successfully battle the ocean currents.
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