Divers target unprotected U-boat wreck

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A World War I U-boat wreck off the Irish coast has been targeted by souvenir hunters because it is not an official war grave, according to a report by The Independent newspaper.

The German authorities are now in talks with the Irish government in a bid to impose a strict exclusion zone around it. The UC-42 was laying mines off Cork Harbour when it sank after detonating one of its own explosives in late September 1917.

A total of 27 crew members died when the submarine plummeted to the seabed about 90 feet below just off Roches Point.
The vessel's location was discovered by a team of two Irish divers in 2010.

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