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WWII ship sunk in order to become reef

A WWII ship, the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, was sunk off the coast of Florida in order to create an artificial reef.

Officials hope the reef will attract divers, boosting the economy by $8m (£5m). They also say fish, coral and other marine life will be drawn to it.

“The sinking of the Vandenberg is the best thing to happen in Key West in years,” said Mark Rossi, a local businessman who serves as Key West’s city commissioner.

The ship was last used by the US Air Force to track missiles and spacecraft.

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