What lies beneath?
A mystery object lying on the bed of the River Foyle thought to be a submarine has turned out to be nothing more than an illusion, DoE Minister Alex Attwood has revealed.
Royal Navy divers surveyed the area after Mr Attwood said there was a “thrilling possibility of something significant.”
However, Mr. Attwood now says that, while experts believe there is “something lying there - it’s not a vessel or a sub or anything of significance.”
He added: “The reason why the original sonar photograph looked like a vessel was that an illusion was created when the sonar scoped out the site.
“In turning around at the site, it exaggerated and enlarged what is lying on the sea-bed.”
Mr Attwood said the object is made of metal but it is not a vessel.
Some people had speculated that the object could be a German U-boat as, at the end of the war, Nazi submarines surrendered in the Foyle.
Others suggested it could have been a British two-man mini submarine known as an X craft.
One other theory was that it could have been a small boat or even a private yacht as one is known to have sunk in the area many years ago.
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