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Footage unveils U-boat secrets

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The U-40 was discovered by a team of divers 40 miles off the Berwickshire coast

Underwater footage from the wreck of a German U-boat sunk more than 90 years ago has been released.

The vessel - the U-40 - was recently discovered by divers off the coast of Eyemouth in Berwickshire.

It is thought to have been among the first to have been lured by a decoy trawler and then torpedoed by a British submarine during the First World War.

It is the second such discovery in the waters off the Scottish Borders after a similar U-boat find in January 2008.

The U-40 was discovered by a team of divers from Eyemouth-based Marine Quest about 40 miles off the Berwickshire coast.

It was sunk on 23 June 1915 with the loss of 29 German sailors.

According to Iain Easingwood of Marine Quest it took a lot of preparation to pinpoint the location of the U-boat.

"Given the history and amazing story behind the U-40, this is probably our most significant find to date," he said.

"There are so many other wrecks out there in the North Sea and we will be on the lookout for another exciting find."



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