Families of Dakar submarine crew receive all reports on sinking

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The families of the 69 sailors who died when an Israeli submarine that sank nearly a half century ago have received all of the reports generated after the incident.

The reports on the sinking of the Dakar on Jan. 25 1968 remained classified until Monday, when the families met and received the documents, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The families received the reports after the wife of one of the sailors killed contacted the Israel Navy and asked for all available information.

The families, who were also provided with a summary of all of the efforts to located the submarine and discover what caused its sinking, reportedly did not learn anything new in the reports, but that it is the first time that they have received all of the information known to the Navy.

The Dakar is believed to have sunk as it returned to Haifa from either from a technical problem or a collision with another vessel. A Soviet attack reportedly has been ruled out.

The British-made submarine was located at the bottom of the sea near the Greek Island of Crete in 1999.  The remains of the sailors aboard the submarine were never found.

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