WWI German submarine wreck found off Belgium

Belgium WWI Submarine

The wreck is nearly intact to a German submarine of first world war has been discovered in North sea, off belgian coast, announced Tuesday, September 19, authorities of West Flanders, province's coastline.

The North Seas minister of Belgium told Reuters he would try to get the area designated as a heritage site.

The U-Boot II was found lying on its starboard side at the bottom of the North Sea at a depth of 27 metres, close to the coastal resort of Ostend.

"In such a submarine there were, as standard, 22 crew members and a commander", West-Flemish Governor Carl Decaluwé said. "The impact damage was at the front, but the submarine remains closed and there are 23 people still onboard".

From the damage to the front of the vessel, it appears that the sub may have struck a mine with its upper deck.

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Historic England had chose to mark the 100-year anniversary of Germany's declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare by showing off the newly-acquired images. To block German fleet in port, and neutralize, British decided in April 1918, and scuttled some of ir ships of war at entrance of channel, which has remained as a famous episode of conflict in Belgium.

11 have been found underwater, though Belgian authorities say none of the past finds have been as well-preserved as this.

A German type UC-97 submarine during the First World War.

It was not yet clear which of the 11 known U-Boats had been found.

Earlier this year, unseen photographs of German World War One submarines washed up on the English coast were published for the very first time.

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