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Adriatic Sea, Italy, Aug. 5, 1928, Italian Submarine Brought To Surface With 31 Dead

ROME, Aug. 7 m—The Italian
submarine F-14 with its crew of
31 dead from poisonous gases
was brought to the surface of the
Adriatic tonight from which it had
sunk after a collision 34
hours before.
The weary salvagers, who had performed
almost a naval miracle in retrieving
the submersible, peered hopefully
into the opened hatches only to
fmd they were gazing into the tomb
of their comrades.
They had been forewarned of the
tragedy when during the afternoon
the submarine telegraph signals
from the stricken craft had suddenly
ceased. They continued to drive at
their task, however, in the hope that
the ominous silence meant simply
that the crew had withdrawn to a
safer part of the submarine, or at
worst, that they were simply weakened
by the difficulty of breathing
in the fouled air. The revelation
that all were dead came as a shock.
Captain Weil and Commander Fasulo
were the officers who died in
the submarine.
The salvage fleet dispersed sadly
from the anchorage to which they
had clung. Besides the powerful
cranes mounted on floating pontoons
which had actually raised the F-14,
five torpedo boats, two scout cruisers
and a number of tugs from
which the divers had descended
made up the group which had
worked unceasingly.

All Italy Had Been Apprehensive

The question of whether any of the F-14's
crew were alive had been agitating all Italy
and filling with apprehension the minds
of their comrades of the navy working
frantically in the face of great
obstacles to save them.
This apprehension was caused by
the fact that although divers early
this morning were able to attach a
pipe through which air was pumped
into the hull, messages which were
being sent by means of a submarine
signalling device ceased early this
Aug. 10 edition of The New York Times

article | by Dr. Radut