US IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS FOUND 18K FEET DEEP IN PA­CIFIC

Metro USA (New York) - - News -

5Re­searchers have found the wreck­age of the U.S. war­ship In­di­anapo­lis, which was sunk by a Ja­panese tor­pedo in the fi­nal days of World War II, more than 18,000 feet be­low the sur­face of the Pa­cific Ocean, the Navy said. The cruiser was re­turn­ing from its mis­sion to de­liver com­po­nents for the atomic bomb that would soon be dropped on the Ja­panese city of Hiroshima when it was fired upon in the North Pa­cific Ocean by a Ja­panese sub­ma­rine on July 30, 1945. It sunk in 12 min­utes, ac­cord­ing to the Naval His­tory and Her­itage Com­mand in Wash­ing­ton. No dis­tress sig­nal was sent. About 800 of the 1,196 crew mem­bers aboard sur­vived the sink­ing, but only 316 were res­cued alive five days later, with the rest lost to ex­po­sure, de­hy­dra­tion, drown­ing and sharks.

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