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WWII ship sunk off Sanibel Island coast in Gulf of Mexico

Associated Press
The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:38 PM

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A 165-foot World War II Coast Guard cutter has been sunk offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and county officials hope it attracts fish, divers and dollars.

On Monday, Lee County's Marine Services Program and Reefmakers LLC — a Key West company that specializes in sinking ships as artificial reefs — scuttled the USS Mohawk nearly 30 miles off Sanibel Island.

Just before 1 p.m., explosives aboard the stripped vessel were detonated and it took three minutes for it to sink underwater

NBC2 reports that six charges were placed on the USS Mohawk and detonated at different times, allowing thousands of gallons of water to rush into the ship at once so that it will sit right side up.

Officials say the vessel will be a magnet for divers.

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