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New Look at Battle of the Atlantic Wrecks

OFF CAPE HATTERAS — Underwater exploration firm Global Subdive of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recently shared this video showcasing its work with the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, exploring and documenting during late summer 2016 the wrecks of the World War II German submarine U576 and the Nicaraguan cargo ship Bluefields, off the North Carolina coast.

In July 1942, the U-576 sank the Bluefields during the battle of Convoy KS-520 off Cape Hatteras. The convoy and its U.S. military escorts fought back, sinking the U-boat with return fire from a U.S. Navy Armed Guard crew and an aerial depth-charge attack.

The wrecks were discovered in August 2014 about 240 yards apart, at a depth of 721 feet, about 30 miles off Cape Hatteras.

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