Wreck of First World War German submarine found with 23 crew

Pauline Gross
September 20, 2017

"It's quite fantastic that we found something like this", Decaluwe said.

The U-boat, 88 feet long by 20 feet wide, has been found in an undisclosed location off the Belgian coast near West Flanders, some 100 feet beneath the surface of the North Sea, report Deutsche Welle and Yahoo News.

It's unknown which of the 11 known U-boat wrecks was found. Officials would not give the exact location of the wreck to deter looters. The UB-II type submarines were built in 1915 and 1916.

Researchers have discovered 10 similar wrecks in Beglian waters. A third tube remains intact and closed. Other than that the submarine, commonly known as a U-Boat, was nearly completely intact and all its hatches were tightly closed, with most likely all the original crew members still inside.

"All the hatches are still closed". U-boats were part of Germany's naval campaign in the North Sea during World War 1 to target the allied powers.

Another dive will take place in a bid to identify the vessel's serial number. Governor Decaluwe said he had contacted the German ambassador to Belgium about proper disposal of the sailors' remains.

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"If the Germans want to get the bodies back it's possible, but highly unlikely", Mees added.

Last year, the a German U-boat was been discovered at the bottom of the sea off the Scottish coast.

The location of the wreck, which lies in nearly 100 feet of water in the North Sea, is being kept secret...

Termote, 42, was introduced to diving by his father, an Ostend hotelier.

It was found in the North Sea, not far from Bruges.

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