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German Researchers Claim Discovery of Nazi Sub Off Azores

The discovery was announced Thursday, exactly 75 years after the submarine was scuttled by its commander

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    In this Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, a model of the World War II German U-853 submarine is displayed in a glass case at the museum at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

    German researchers say they have found a Nazi-era submarine that sunk in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.

    The Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation says the wreck of U-581 was found last September at a depth of about 900 meters (2,950 feet) near the Azores island of Pico.

    The discovery was announced Thursday, exactly 75 years after the submarine was scuttled by its commander following a clash with the British destroyer HMS Westcott. All but four of its 46 crew survived.

    German researchers Kirsten and Joachim Jakobsen found U-581 using a custom-made submersible designed for exploring and filming underwater life. Footage captured by the researchers shows the wreck covered in cold water corals.

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