- the Bermuda Triangle is a region in the north Atlantic Ocean where ships, planes, and people are alleged to have mysteriously vanished
- lead underwater explorer Mike Barnette enlisted the help of a Florida fisherman as he explored a potential plane wreck for a show
- when divers explored the site they realized it was not a plane but a giant shipwreck
- introduced the uncovered ship as a “sensational” find and a “major discovery” for the team
Bermuda Triangle investigators uncovered a “major discovery” while trying to solve the infamous disappearance of five planes on the vanished Flight 19 says an article published on Express.
Marine biologist and lead underwater explorer Mike Barnette enlisted the help of a Florida fisherman as he explored a potential plane wreck for a show. However, when divers explored the site they realized it was not a plane but a giant shipwreck. Laurence introduced the uncovered ship as a “sensational” find and a “major discovery” for the team.
Mr. Barnette said: “We found a wreck that was about 200 feet long, about a 24 and a half foot beam. “We noticed it was carrying a very bizarre cargo, it was a white clay-like material. “We took a sample of that because we figured if we can identify the cargo, potentially we could identify the wreck.”
Missing from 71 years
A small sample of the cargo was later sent off for lab tests. It just looks like a sample of white clay. But there are just tonnes of it down there. Mr. Barnette assesses the evidence and then matches the eerie discovery to a famous cargo vessel that went missing in the Bermuda Triangle 71 years ago.
Costa Rican ship
The Sandra vanished after it left Savannah, Georgia, for Venezuela in April 1950 and was never seen again. The 185-foot Costa Rican ship and its 12-man crew were believed to have been swallowed by the Bermuda Triangle. Some 300 tonnes of the insecticide DDT were onboard the cargo ship before it disappeared.
Traces of DDT
Mr. Barnette said: “When we actually analyzed the cargo we found out it was kaolin clay, which is used as an insecticide or pesticide, as well as traces of DDT. “We know that when the Sandra left Savannah, Georgia headed south along the north Florida coast, it would have passed right over where we were diving, where this mystery wreck is.
Another Bermuda Triangle mystery
“And all the dimensions, all the machinery match exactly what the Sandra was. “You put all this evidence altogether, cumulatively it was overwhelming that the mystery wreck was indeed the Sandra.” The investigator saw the lighter side of the discovery of the shipwreck, which did not bring the team any closer to finding Flight 19.
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