The disaster area of a German submarine that sank amid World War One has been found in the North Sea and authorities trust 23 bodies might be inside it.
The sort UB-II submarine is said to be in great condition, lying at a profundity of 30m (100ft) off the Belgian drift.
“The submarine is in such great condition that we figure every one of the bodies are still on board,” said West Flanders Governor Carl Decaluwé.
The vessel is thought to have been sunk by a mine.
Mr Decaluwé told correspondents on Tuesday that the area of the disaster area was being kept under wraps to avoid individuals going close it and to stop the submarine being plundered or harmed.
One unverified report in Flemish media said it was close to the port of Ostende.
Upwards of 23 bodies could be ready the sub, which is lying on its starboard side on the seabed. The German consulate has been educated.
“This kind of submarine would have had a standard group of 22 and one leader,” said Mr Decaluwé.
Despite the fact that in generally great condition, the submarine by and by supported harm to its upper side. The bow supported the most harm yet the trapdoors were as yet closed.
The conning tower is depicted as in place and the periscopes are as yet obvious. Two torpedo tubes were discovered lying separated from the disaster area.
Researchers trust the mine may have been dragged up towards the surface as the submarine moved toward becoming made up for lost time in a link.
Eleven German submarines from the World War One period have been found in Belgian waters however this vessel is accounted for to be the best protected of all.
UB-II submarines were worked in 1915 and 1916 and could jump to a profundity of around 50m.