HONDURAS: Underwater Duty

Still in striped pants and cutaway after attending ceremonies celebrating Honduras' 136-year-old independence from Spain, U.S. Ambassador Whiting Willauer, 50, was just sitting down to lunch at the. embassy one day last week when he was summoned to the telephone. It was the governor of the province. At a treacherous swimming hole in the muddy Rio Quaccerique, just ten miles from town, a young swimmer had dived, struck a rock and disappeared under the swift currents. Could the ambassador be of any assistance?

Into the Mud. With the aplomb of a man who has had such a request before, the...

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