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Salvage Operation to Retrieve Bodies of Seamen in Submarine Sunk 42 Years Ago

The Italian Navy salvage ship Anteo will spend the next three weeks in Haifa bay, sending divers to determine whether it is possible to retrieve the bodies of 58 seamen who went down with the Italian submarine Scire there 42 years ago, during World War II.

The Scire was sunk by shore batteries at Haifa, manned by British forces and Jewish volunteers in 1942. She entered Haifa bay to attack British warships which had been moved there from Alexandria at a time when Field Marshal Irwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps appeared likely to capture the Egyptian port city.