Swedish military finds wreck of Soviet sub sunk during World War II

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, December 17, 2012 13:38 EDT
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Handout photo released by Swedish Defence Forces on December 17, 2012 shows the open door of a Soviet submarine lying on the Baltic Sea bed near the island of Oeland. (AFP)
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The wreck of a Soviet submarine that was sunk during World War II has been found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea off the Swedish island of Oeland, Sweden’s military said on Monday.

The wreck is believed to be that of the S-6, which disappeared in September 1941.

“In the autumn of 1941 several Russian submarines left their home bases to patrol the Baltic Sea. Several of them never returned. One of them has now been found, blown up into large pieces, southeast of Oeland,” the armed forces said in a statement.

The S-6 was probably blown apart by a German mine, though the military said it was impossible to say for certain what had happened.

The vessel was found in international waters in Sweden’s economic zone, in a heavily-mined area known as the “Wartburg minefield”.

Initially located by a Swedish team of civilian divers several months ago, the discovery has been confirmed by a navy ship specialised in submarine rescues.

In June 2009, divers found the wreck of the S-2, another Soviet sub sunk by mines in January 1940 with some 50 crew members on board, in waters further north between Sweden and Finland.

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