First Segment of German Landing Craft Wreck from WWII Raised

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First Segment of German Landing Craft Wreck from WWII Raised

The first segment of a sunken German landing craft from the Second World War was brought to the surface of Veerse Meer and placed on a pontoon. Military personnel of 105 Hydraulic Engineering Company and the Defence Diving Group have been working for weeks to raise the wreck from a depth of 15 metres.

To avoid overloading the pulley block, and to allow transport by road, military specialists are dividing the wreck into 3 segments. This is being done with explosives and hydraulic tools. First they had to remove a metre of sand and clay from the vessel, which was equipped for laying mines. Then the military hydraulic engineers could cut the deck in half and break away the first segment. They then made cuts in the segment for the hoisting beams, with which the wreck segment was brought to the surface.

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Press Release, December 06, 2013; Image: Defensie