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Hope Still Held out for Survival of the Pontremoli Group

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Aldo Pontremoli, Italian Jewish scientist, and the five other men who were carried away with the Italia’s gas bag may be found alive was the opinion expressed by Cesco Tomaselli, Italian newspaperman who accompanied the expedition. Tomaselli quoting the survivors of the Italia disaster says the envelope rushed upward when the gondola in which they were was torn off. The bag lost gas rapidly through the rent but the six men with her, all seen unhurt after the crash, could have controlled it sufficiently to make a safe landing.

A part of the four months’ food supply in the upper compartment was thrown overboard just before the accident to lighten the load, as were rifles. Other implements and warm clothing remained.

The ice breaker Krassin which rescued five victims of the disaster will resume her search for the group in a fortnight. Two airplanes fitted for Aretic work are aboard the Citta di Milano headed for Kings Bay to carry on the search.

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