Mediterranean: Twin Disaster

Beneath the warm blue waters of the Mediterranean, a sea whose mood is usually thought of as serene, 121 men died in one of the most bizarre coincidences in naval annals. Hundreds of miles but only some 24 hours apart, an Israeli and a French submarine were lost in separate, unconnected and equally mysterious disasters. Sinking swiftly to great depths without leaving as much as a trace to guide searchers, Israel's Dakar went down somewhere between Cyprus and Haifa and France's Minerve only about 25 miles from her home berth at Toulon. Their entire crews—69 Israelis and 52...

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