Monday, July 9, 2012

Jul

9

1942

U boat U-701 survivors rescued by US Navy airship

Coast Guard PH-2 seaplane lands to rescue U-701 survivors - Navy K-type airship overhead had earlier located survivors and dropped raft and supplies to the survivors.

At dawn my strength began to leave me too. I seem to recollect vaguely that I talked nonsense and that KUNERT kept on quieting me. As the sea was still like a pond, I kept up the practice of discarding my life preserver, saying that I would swim to shore. I assumed that with a few strokes I would feel bottom under my feet and would be able to stand up, but every time I tried this I went under. That would bring me to again and I would swim back to the life preserver.