Divers to assess tanker sunk by German U-Boat off New York

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — A deep dive operation will be conducted to determine whether oil is leaking from a British tanker sunk by a German U-boat off Long Island during World War II.

The Connecticut Post says the wreck, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) off Long Island's south shore and about 180 feet (54 meters) deep, has been monitored since 1967.

In 2009 recreational divers reported some oil seepage.

The commander of the Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound says the operation starting next week will assess environmental conditions at the 423-foot (129-meter) long tanker.

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