German WW1 U-boat found off Belgian coast

| Updated Oct 17, 2017 at 6:51pm



The wreck of a German submarine that sank during World War One has been found in the North Sea and officials believe 23 bodies may be inside it.

The type UB-II submarine is said to be in good condition, lying at a depth of 30m (100ft) off the Belgian coast.

"The submarine is in such good condition that we reckon all the bodies are still on board," said West Flanders Governor Carl Decaluwé.

The vessel is thought to have been sunk by a mine.

Mr Decaluwé told reporters on Tuesday that the location of the wreck was being kept under wraps to prevent people going near it and to stop the submarine being looted or damaged.

One unconfirmed report in Flemish media said it was near the port of Ostende.

"This sort of submarine would have had a standard crew of 22 and one commander," said Mr Decaluwé.

Although in relatively good condition, the submarine nevertheless sustained damage to its upper side.

The bow sustained the most damage but the hatches were still shut.