'Deepest shipwreck': US WWII ship found off Philippines

Nearly 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) below sea level, off the Philippines, a US military destroyer that went down in World War II has been discovered.

According to an American exploration team, it is the deepest shipwreck ever discovered.

On October 25, 1944, as US forces battled to free the Philippines, the USS Samuel B Roberts went down in a combat off the central island of Samar.

Victor Vescovo, the founder of Caladan Oceanic and the submersible's pilot, tweeted, "Resting at 6,895 meters, it is now the deepest shipwreck ever located and studied."

He declared, "This little ship engaged the best of the Japanese Navy, fighting them to the last end."

Sammy B's crew "floated for nearly three days awaiting rescue, with many survivors perishing from wounds and shark attacks," according to US Navy documents.

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