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David Ibbotson: Emiliano Sala pilot’s family in underwater search plea

Image copyright Getty Images/David Ibbotson Image caption Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson The family of missing pilot David Ibbotson have said they don’t want him left “out there on his own”. Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, was flying Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala from Nantes to the UK when their plane crashed near Guernsey on 21 January. The footballer’s body was recovered from the wreck on the seabed, but Mr Ibbotson’s body has not been found. An inquest into the death of…

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Lake Titicaca: Underwater museum brings hope to shores

Image copyright Bolivian Ministry of Culture Image caption Specialised divers have located 10,000 items so far Ever since Reddy Guaygua was a boy, he dreamt of discovering hidden ruins. Born in Mapiri, 130km (80 miles) north of La Paz in Bolivia, he was the only person from his small town to study archaeology. “My goal was to work in the villages, visit their archaeological sites and work in them,” he says. Now, years later, his dream has become reality. Mr Guaygua is in charge of tourism and culture in the…

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‘Underwater bicycle’ submarines race it out in UK pool

GOSPORT, England (Reuters) – In a large pool in southern England this week, mini submarines have been taking part in an unusual race. Far from being diesel or nuclear vessels, they are powered by scuba divers pedaling furiously. The fourth biennial European International Submarine Race in the town of Gosport has seen teams of university students build and race in a contest that mixes sport and engineering. “It’s an underwater bicycle … Teams of engineers from all over the world have got to build a three meter-long streamline submarine that…

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River Derwent: Man trapped underwater at weir dies

Image copyright Google Image caption Crews were called to the River Derwent, off Raynesway, Derby, to reports of three men in the water A man has died after becoming trapped underwater at a weir on the River Derwent. Crews were called to the river off Raynesway, Derby, at 18:59 BST on Saturday after reports of three men in the water. Derbyshire fire service said a 25-year-old man had “become trapped under the water on the weir”. Station manager Paul Green said water rescue teams located him but “sadly the man…

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Device could make underwater objects appear invisible to sonar

Image copyright Peter Kerrian Image caption This 90cm (3ft) -tall steel pyramid is designed to act as underwater sonar cloak It sounds like the type of tech a Bond villain would have, but scientists have developed an acoustic underwater “invisibility cloak”. The device makes sound waves scatter around an object making it invisible to sonar detection. This means when a ship sends out a signal to detect other objects in the ocean or to map the sea floor, the signal bounces back. So it appears as if the cloaked object…

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