- Reuters/Business Insider
An intact submarine dating from the First World War has been discovered at the bottom of the sea, just off the coast of Belgium.
The German vessel would have been deployed by the forces of Wilhelm II against the Royal Navy and British merchant ships.
It was found in the North Sea, not far from Bruges. The city was a base for German submarines – also known as U-boats – from 1915 to 1918.
The craft was described as a UB-II model submarine, 27 metres long and six metres wide. It was found lying at a 45-degree angle, around 30 metres underwater.
The government of Western Flanders announced the discovery this week, and said it believes there are as many as 23 bodies still inside, according to the Associated Press.
Officials declined to give a precise location for the wreck to protect it from looting attempts.
A total of 93 U-boats operated out of Belgium during the war, and collectively sank more than 2,500 Allied ships.
11 have been found underwater, though Belgian authorities say none of the past finds have been as well-preserved as this.