.. Finding the treasure under the sea 230 million
A wreck containing 200 tons of silver worth about U.S. $ 230 million was found at the bottom of the Atlantic. This is the treasure most precious metal was discovered under the sea so far.
In 1941, SS Gairsoppa - an old transport ship of the UK - en route from Calcutta (India) English back then separated from the fleet in weather thunderstorms. Because out of fuel, try to divert the ship to the port of Galway (Ireland) shall be a Nazi submarine detection and sunk.
Only 3 out of 85 sailors to escape while on a rescue, but two people have died from exhaustion at sea. The only survivor, Richard Ayres, has to be Lizard Lighthouse in Cornwall 13 days later. Mr. Ayres was awarded the Medal Empire (MBE) and lived to 1992.
Image capsule after 70 years - Photo: CNN
In that final journey, filled with a wealth Gairsoppa SS - about 7,000 tons of cargo and a high value of silver worth 600,000 pounds in 1941.
Now after 70 years, Odyssey Marine, a U.S. company specializing in archaeological and ocean explorer, found the wreck at a depth of 4.700m at the bottom of the Atlantic, 480km off the coast of Ireland.
Andrew Craig, project manager of Odyssey Marine, said: "We have completed the first phase of this project - locate and identify the ship. Now, we are planning to stage salvage. "
SS Gairsoppa is located vertically from the sea floor, with open cargo hold, which means that the robot submarines have access to salvage the silver. Odyssey Marine president, said Mark Gordon also revealed that a company documents obtained show that the silver bars of the ship may have been mixed with gold at a rate of 2.5% - a "reward" than expected .
This work can begin in the second quarter in 2012, the company said Odyssey. The company will retain 80% of the salvaged cargo under a contract with the British Ministry of Transport.
But Odyssey says that is unlikely to salvage the bodies of the crew because of the depth and the ill-fated ship sank long time.