HAIFA (Jan. 31)
Samples of an oil slick taken from the sea between Famagusta, Cyprus, and the Lebanese coast were being examined in laboratories here today as the search continued for clues to the fate of the missing Israeli submarine, Dakar. The oil slick was found in roughly the same area from which wireless distress signals were detected on Saturday. The signals may have come from the Dakar’s radio indicator buoy but no buoy was found and the submarine did not respond to calls on its wireless frequency. The oil samples are under study in the laboratories of the Haifa Technion, the Army and several fuel companies.
The Dakar’s sistership, the new Israeli submarine Dolphin, arrived at her home base today without maiden voyage fanfare. The former British underseacraft had taken part in the massive sea-air search for the Dakar but had nothing to report. The Dolphin and the Dakar left Portsmouth Naval Ease. England, on Jan. 9 after being commissioned under the Israeli flag. The Dolphin made the 2,000 mile voyage on the surface but the Dakar made part of the trip submerged.