Oslo - The wreck of a World War II German submarine that sank off western Norway has been discovered during surveillance work, Norwegian broadcaster NRK reported Monday.
The wreck of U-486 was found at a depth of 250 metres. It had apparently been hit by a torpedo, and was located about 2,000 metres from another German submarine known as U-864, which was found in 2003 near the island of Fedje, north of the city of Bergen.
Norway has investigated options of raising or encasing the U-864 wreck because its cargo of 65 tons of mercury posed a threat to the marine environment. No decision has been made.
Politicians in the fishing community of Fedje told NRK they wanted a further investigation of the newly found U-486 wreck, including the nature of its cargo.
U-486 was torpedoed in April 1945 by a British submarine a few days after leaving Bergen. All 48 onboard died. - Sapa-dpa