The wreckage of a Nazi boat has been found half-buried in shallow water by a drone enthusiast on a beach that saw fierce fighting between the Russians and Hitler’s forces in the last stages of World War II.
The startling discovery was made just off the beach in Stegna in the Pomeranian Voivodeship in northern Poland on the Baltic Sea coast.
The boat was spotted by Mateusz Grabowski, a journalist from zulawytelegraf.pl on the photos taken by his drone.
In the images, the boat’s beak and fragments of its deck can be seen poking out of the sea bed.
The vessel is buried just off the shore around 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) from the main entrance to the beach.
Mateusz Deling from the Museum of Military Technology and History of Pomerania in Klanin told local media: “This is one of several dozen German vessels that were destroyed during the evacuation of the Vistula Spit in 1945.”
The beach in Stegna was a battlefield in the final stages of the war in 1945 with a lot of German forces being positioned nearby.
Deling confirmed that the boat will not be removed and will stay in the sea, telling reporters that extracting such boats is unprofitable.
Last autumn, a German aircraft from WWII was found on the same beach after being buried in the sand for over 70 years.
The unearthed aircraft was involved in German efforts to deny the Red Army access to the port of Gdansk which had been occupied by Nazis since 1939.
The Allies agreed during the Yalta Conference in February 1945 that Gdansk would become part of Poland.
The design of the discovered Bf-109 fighter was created in 1934-1935 at the request of the Ministry of Aviation of the Third Reich.
Reportedly, Russian troops wrote in their chronicles that several such aircraft were shot down in the area.
Netizen ‘thom_thomas’ commented: “Fifty years ago this boat was on the beach only half submerged in the sand”.