Atlantic City, NJ Airship AKRON Explosion, Jul 1912 - Victims Found


Bodies of Melville Vaniman and Fred Elmer Taken from the Sea.

ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., July 15.----The bodies of Melvin Vaniman and Frederick Elmer, two of the five victims of the airshp[sic] Akron which exploded while sailing over Brigantine Beach on July 2, were recovered to-day and brought to the city. With the finding of the bodies all have now been recovered.

Elmer's body was found early in the day about four miles from the spot where the dirigible balloon struck the water after exploding more than 500 feet in the air. Vaniman's body was recovered late this afternoon by the beach patrol of the Brigantine Life Saving Station. Both bodies were crushed by the fall.

Mrs. Vaniman, who left for Vaniman's home at Virdin, Ill., a few days after the tragic death of her husband and his crew, was notified at once. Vaniman's body probably will be shipped at once to Virdin, where that of his brother. Calvin Vaniman, one of the other victims of the airshp[sic] accident was taken for burial.

All the victims except Calvin Vaniman were married and a fund for the four widows is being raised in this city.

The New York Times, New York, NY 16 Jul 1912