HAIFA (May. 25)
Twenty-three Turkish Jews were yesterday rescued from the Mediterranean sea by a small sailing boat and were landed here. The survivors told a harrowing story of drifting on a life raft and finally being forced to swim for hours after it sank. They said that at least four or five companions had been drowned.
The survivors stated that they had boarded the vessel Barul at a Turkish port the captain of the Barul raised the price of their passage several times until their ability to pay was exceeded. Then he put them aboard the life raft. When the raft sank, they floated and swam until they were rescued.