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USS Samuel B Roberts: World's deepest shipwreck discovered

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Explorers have found the deepest shipwreck ever identified, a US navy destroyer escort sunk during WII.

The USS Samuel B Roberts went down during the Battle of Leyte Gulf off the Philippines' coast in October 1944. It lies in 6,895m (4.28 miles) of water.

Texan billionaire and adventurer Victor Vescovo, who owns a deep-diving submersible, found the "Sammy B" in two parts.

The vessel is famed for a heroic final stand against the Japanese.

Of the Samuel B Roberts' 224-man crew, 89 were killed. The 120 survivors had to cling to life rafts for 50 hours before being rescued.



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