UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — According to the website of the Helmholtz Center for Oceanic Research GEOMAR, the underwater observatory, which was created to collect scientific information, could not be found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, where it had been delivered earlier. Signals from the object ceased to be received on August 21.
To eliminate the alleged problem, divers were sent to him, but they found only a torn cable for data transmission at the station site.
According to Lenta.ru, the observatory was placed in a restricted area off the northern coast of Germany: access there was limited. Moreover, the mass of the installation, according to experts, excludes the possibility that it was carried away due to a strong current or as a result of the activity of any sea creatures.
Thus, theft is considered the most plausible version of the installation’s loss, but experts still find it difficult to say how it was carried out.
The station was installed in December 2016, it was at a depth of 22 meters. The price of the object is about 300 thousand euros.
It is worth saying that the theft from the bottom of large objects of scientific, cultural or historical value is not a unique phenomenon, despite the technical difficulties associated with this kind of event.
Recently, for example, it became known that two submarines that sank off the coast of Malaysia in 1941 mysteriously disappeared from their resting places. All that remains of the submarines HNLMS O 16 and HNLMS K XVII are individual fragments.
Experts then also could not immediately establish the cause of the disappearance, but the main version almost immediately became the activity of scrap collectors, whose activity off the Malaysian coast is very high. Marauders can explode sunken ships, and then get their wreckage to the surface. At the same time, the looting of sunken submarines can bring scrap collectors a solid income.
Note that thanks to new technologies, it became possible to detect many ships that were previously considered to have disappeared forever in the sea. Earlier, we recall that the media reported the discovery of the diesel-electric submarine Minerva, which sank on January 27, 1968 in the Mediterranean Sea, in the region of Toulon: on board were 52 people. Scientists hope that this is only the beginning of new discoveries that will shed light on the fate of ships that mysteriously disappeared in the past millennium.
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