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    Wreck discovered sunk to record depths of 7,000 meters

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    (ANSA) – MANILA, JUN 25 – An American warship sunk in a naval battle of the Second World War in the Pacific not far from the Philippines has been spotted and filmed at a record depth of almost 7,000 meters on the ocean floor.

    The wreck of the USS Samuel B Roberts was discovered lying at -6,895 meters by the crew of a bathyscaphe of the Texan exploration company Caladan Oceanic in a series of dives lasting eight days. The “Sammy B”, as she was renamed, was hit and sank on 25 October 1944 off the island of Samar during a collision with the Japanese navy. The cruiser was one of four US ships that sunk during that battle in the Pacific.

    Of the 224 crew members, 89 died. When the Sammy B sank, the survivors floated at sea for three days, and several died when attacked by sharks, before being rescued and brought to safety.

    The images released by the American team also show the ship’s torpedo tubes and a cannon turret.

    Of the other four US ships that sunk on October 25, 1944, the Uss M. Vescovo was identified in 2021 at 6,500 meters, which became the previous depth record – for comparison, the Titanic was located at about -4,000 meters in the north of the Atlantic. The Uss Gambier Bay, which is thought to lie at over 7,000 meters, and the Uss Hoel are still missing.

    (HANDLE).

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    Source: Ansa

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