U-BOAT LANDS SHIP'S CREW IN EIRE
Watched by civic guards, who were powerless to do anything, a German submarine appeared close to the shore on a lonely part of the Eire coast during the night, landed the survivors of a Greek steamer it had sunk, and then made off and submerged.
The dramatic incident took place at Ventry, near Dingle, Co. Kerry, close to the spot where Sir Roger Casement, the Irish Nationalist, was landed from a German submarine during the Great War.
The survivors of the Greek vessel, believed to be the steamer Diamantis (4990 tons), were put off in a collapsible boat belonging to the submarine.
Six of the 28 needed medical attention, as they were suffering from wounds.
They were taken to Dingle Hospital, but none was seriously injured.
Their comrades were cared for at private homes in Dingle.
"TREATED WITH COURTESY"
One of the survivors told the Civic Guard that their vessel had been sunk off Land's End while on their way to Belfast.
They were picked up by the submarine and were treated with every courtesy.
They were aboard for 36 hours until the U-boat came off the Eire coast, where it cruised along for some time seeking a deserted part to land its passengers.
The commander surfaced and the submarine drew closer inshore. The conning tower was opened, and the seamen, after bidding their goodbyes, got in a collapsible boat, which was put at their disposal, and made for the shore.
Another member of the crew said that when the German submarine came to the surface, the commander warned them that he was about to sink their ship.
SEA WAS TOO ROUGH
They took to the boats, but owing to the rough weather the boats were found to be unsafe.
The submarine commander then invited them to go aboard his vessel.
The submarine then attack the ship which sank in half an hour.
Civic guards, patrolling the coast, saw the submarine on the surface and rushed to the spot, but they were too late to detain it.
While they were still some distance away the submarine moved off and submerged.
SEEN BY A CUSTOMS OFFICER
Mr. Rooney, a Customs officer, who was on patrol, was the first to see the U-boat.
It was lying some little distance from the shore and he had a good view of it before it disappeared.
The region selected for the landing is very desolate, and although it is patrolled night and day by civic guards and customs officers Mr. Rooney happened to be the only official in the immediate neighborhood when the vessel drew into the coast.
Civic guards saw the vessel from a distance but they got to the scene after it had moved off.
The only evidence then of the daring manoeuvre of the U-boat commander was a stretch of frothy sea, where the submarine had disappeared, and a group of bewildered foreign seamen on the shore.