by Robert Kurson
For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a
sport. Testing themselves against treacherous currents, braving depths
that induced hallucinatory effects, navigating through wreckage as
perilous as a minefield, they pushed themselves to their limits and
beyond, brushing against death more than once in the rusting hulks of
But in the fall of 1991, not even these courageous divers were prepared
for what they found 230 feet below the surface, in the frigid Atlantic
waters sixty miles off the coast of New Jersey: a World War II German
U-boat, its ruined interior a macabre wasteland of twisted metal,
tangled wires, and human bones–all buried under decades of accumulated
sediment. No historian, expert, or government had a clue as to which
U-boat the men had found. In fact, the official records all agreed that
there simply could not be a sunken U-boat and crew at that location.
Over the next six years, an elite team of divers embarked on a quest to
solve the mystery.
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