Wind Farm Divers Discover WWII U-Boat

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Divers working on a wind farm project have discovered the wreck of a German U-boat sunk more than 100 years ago.

SM U-31 – which disappeared after leaving Germany on 13 January 1915 – was found 56 miles off the coast of East Anglia.

Video footage shows the 57.6m-long vessel lying 30m down in the North Sea, with damage to its bow and stern.

The wreck was discovered by Scottish Power Renewables and its partner Vattenfall in 2012, but has only now been officially identified.

Mark Dunkley, marine archaeologist at Historic England, said: “SM U-31 was commissioned into the Imperial German Navy in September 1914.

“On January 13 1915, the U-31 slipped its mooring and sailed northwest from Wilhelmshaven for a routine patrol and disappeared.

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SOURCE: Sky News