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State Dept. Says Seized Yacht Was Not Going to Palestine; Vessel Released

A yacht seized week by Coast Guard officials on suspicion that it might be sailed to Israel was released here today following a statement from the State Department that the U.S. Government is well satisfied that the vessel, a converted subchaser, was not going to Palestine and that it considers the case” completely closed.” The owners — John Lukens and Elliott Forrest — sale they planned to take the vessel to Europe as originally planned.