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Thieves May Have Ransacked Wreck of French Ship

It is considered likely that thieves have stolen objects from the wreckage of the French polar expedition vessel Pourquoi-Pas?, which lies at the ocean floor off Mýrar in west Iceland. It sank during a storm on September 16, 1936.

The photo is unrelated to the story. By Áslaug Snorradóttir.

Only one member of the 40-person crew survived. Among those who died was the leader of the expedition, world-famous scientist Jean-Baptiste Charcot.

According to RÚV, an illegal Irish-French diving expedition to the wreckage last spring is being investigated in relation to this case.

Director of the Archeological Heritage Agency of Iceland Kristín Huld Sigurdardóttir said the case is considered serious because the wreckage is protected by law.

It is being investigated within the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and elsewhere within the Icelandic administration.

Georg Lárusson, director of the Icelandic Coast Guard, told ruv.is that there were indications that Icelanders were connected with the group of Irish and French divers suspected of having ransacked the wreckage of Pourqoui-Pas?.

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