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WWII lifeboat discovered new Orkney Islands

The sunken wreckage of a WWII lifeboat from the attacked HMS Royal Oak has been found underwater off the Orkney Islands.

FOR more than a century it has lain on the seabed, a lost relic of one of the greatest wartime disasters ever suffered by the Royal Navy.

But now undersea archaeologists say they have pinpointed the wreck of the boat used by sailors fleeing the wreck of the HMS Royal Oak as it sunk beneath the waters of Scapa Flow after a German U-boat torpedo attack.

The Royal OAK was a battleship which was moored in Scapa Bay as an anti-aircraft platform to help defend a vital radar station on the cliffs in 1939.

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Story: Jody Harrison, The Herald | Photo: ORCA

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