A foreign ship conducting unauthorised undersea investigations may have been looking for treasure, possibly within sunken ships and submarines from World War 2.
Vísir reports that the ship in question is registered in Togo, but belongs to an American company. Called Endeavour, it was caught conducting unauthorized undersea research sixty nautical miles northwest of the Ísafjarðardjúp fjord by the Icelandic Coast Guard and ordered to shore.
Endeavour’s captain admitted the ship had deepsea imaging equipment on board, which they were using to search for wreckage at the ocean’s bottom. There is indeed a great deal of such wreckage around Iceland from World War 2, as Germany and other countries were fairly active around the coast at that time.
Auðunn Kristinsson, a project manager for the Icelandic Coast Guard, told reporters that there are long-standing rumours of treasure on board some of the ships and submarines laying at the bottom of the Icelandic sea, but that Endeavour’s captain has not made any statements to that effect.
It is uncertain if the captain and crew will be facing criminal charges, but for the time being, nothing is legally preventing the ship from leaving port and setting sail again.