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Salvager Says He Found Carpathia

September 8, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ A treasure hunter claimed Wednesday that he has found the wreck of the Carpathia _ the ship famed for rescuing survivors from the doomed Titanic in 1912.

Graham Jessop said his company, Argosy International Ltd., found the wreck on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean earlier this week, about 185 miles off the southwestern English coast. It rested in 600 feet of water.

``She is in reasonably good condition for a wreck of that age,″ Jessop said. ``She is in one piece, and she is upright.″

The 13,000-ton Cunard Line ship rescued 705 survivors from the Titanic disaster on the morning of April 15, 1912, after its radio operator picked up a distress signal from the cruise liner, which sank after hitting an iceberg.

The Carpathia sank six years later when, during World War I, it was torpedoed twice by a German U-boat off the south coast of Ireland while en route from Liverpool, England, to the United States. Five people died; 215 escaped.

``We will continue to explore the wreck, but we have been blown in by the tail end of the hurricane which is still there at the moment,″ said Jessop. ``As soon as the weather allows, we will be returning to the wreck to do more extensive work.″

Jessop, 42, is the son of Keith Jessop, who found the wreck of the Edinburgh in the Arctic Ocean in 1981 and raised the Russian gold that sank with it.

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