Submarine Wreck Found; WWII Sub Sunk In Nazi Mine Field [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on December 17, 2012 4:48 PM EST

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This image shows part of the submarine wreck found by the Swedish military. (Photo: YouTube)

A submarine wreck found in the Baltic Sea dates back to WWII, according to the Swedish military.  The submarine wreck was found 71 years after it was sunk while patrolling the southeast Baltic Sea. During that time, the German military was heavily mining the sea and that a mine likely caused the submarine wreck.

"There is much to indicate that the submarine headed straight into the minefield while on the surface and was blown apart by a mine," the military said in a statement.

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They also released this short clip of the submarine wreck they found with the camera on the HMS Belos.

"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 Öland," the Swedish Armed Forces said in a statement.

The Swedish military said the submarine wreck they found was likely a Soviet S-6, a submarine that went missing in 1941. Because they found an open hatch on the submarine wreck, Swedish military officials theorized the S-6 was on the surface of the Baltic Sea when it ran into a mine in the area known as the Wartburg minefield.

"Boats at the time often sailed on the surface in order to quickly flee and/or to recharge their batteries," Commander Christian Allerman of the Swedish Navy said in a statement.

The submarine wreck found in the Baltic Sea consists of two main pieces; the bow section lies approximately 60 feet north of the stern section and a torpedo-like object.

A submarine wreck found in 2009 was also a Soviet submarine, the S-2. That submarine wreck was found further north of the current find in the waters between Sweden and Finland.

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