World war submarine found off Norway

By SAPA Time of article published Mar 26, 2013

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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

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