Scientists attempt to explore wreck of sunken U-boat off RI

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Scientists are attempting to use submersibles to explore a sunken German U-boat seven miles off the Rhode Island coast.

They’re streaming the attempts online as they work to learn more about how shipwrecks affect the environment, which you can watch live here:

You can also track the location of the ship by clicking here.

U-853 was sunk on May 5, 1945 by Coast Guard and Navy ships in the Battle of Point Judith, the day after it took down the SS Black Point, leaving 12 dead, and the day before Nazi Germany surrendered in World War II.

Researchers from the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center, Connecticut’s Ocean Exploration Trust and the Coast Guard Academy hope to explore both wrecks during a trip that lasts through Sunday.

By Friday, they had made several attempts but were hampered by conditions and technical challenges. They planned to keep trying.

In the meantime, they’re working to explore a 1907 wreck off Block Island.

For more on the exploration, click here.