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Coast Guard To Examine Remains Of Oil Tanker That Was Sunk Off L.I. In 1942

June 13, 2018 - 7:58 pm
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MORICHES, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- The U.S. Coast Guard this coming week will be getting an up-close look at an oil tanker sunk off the South Shore of Long Island 76 years ago.

The Coimbra has been sitting off the South Shore of Long Island ever since it was sunk by a German U-boat on Jan. 15, 1942. The British ship was carrying over a million gallons of oil, and that oil could still be leaking.

The Coast Guard is contracting a team to find that out this coming week. It said in a statement they want to determine any potential environmental threat.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has included the wreckage on a list of 17 that merit further investigation.

Thirty-six of the Coimbra’s crew died in the explosion. The U-boat's captain, Reinhard Hardegen, became known as one of the most prolific aces of the deep.

Hardegen is still alive today, at 105.