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5 . Couple Lost in Bermuda Triangle
Advertiser, 16 July 1997
The yacht of a German couple missing at sea for 10 months has been found abandoned and adrift in the Bermuda Triangle.
The British Royal Navy frigate HMS London came across the 17m ketch Ruth last week, 500km off Bermuda in the mid-Atlantic.
"She looked immediately strange. She had no sails, there were mooring ropes over the side. When we got no response, we sent a team to investigate," said HMS London's Commander Iain Greenlees. His officers found clothes on a bunk, an ashtray overflowing with cigarette butts and a book left open, as if someone had just stepped off five minutes before, with every intention of returning", Commander Greenlees said.
But after finding a refrigerator of rotting food and checking with authorities in Spain, Commander Greenlees discovered owners Ralf Shilling and his wife had last been seen sailing west from the Canary Islands in September last year. Mr Shilling and his wife had sold their house to buy the boat second-hand and planned to sail the world, The Times said.
British officer Suzanne Porter said: "We wondered if there was some sort of curse on the boat."
The Bermuda Triangle is the subject of mysterious legend as a result of a series of unexplained disappearances of ships and aircraft in the area over many decades. - AFP
this is an emergency. We seem to be off course. We seem to be lost. We
can't make out where we are ... Everything looks wrong, even the ocean
looks strange ... We're not certain where we are ... it looks like we are
More than 50 years later, those famous last words of a flight of five warplanes still echo through an eerie waterway that played host to their disappearance.
The fights centered
the most famous of all the disappearances - Flight 19. The pro-Triangle
camp said that five military planes, while on a routine flight in 1945,
radioed in that they were lost, and that everything around them looked
wrong and strange. Then they were gone without a trace. A seaplane dispatched
to rescue them was also lost.
The anti-Triangle camp countered that the group was made up of inexperienced pilots led by a leader who ignored all suggestions and got them lost. They ran out of fuel and ditched the planes in stormy seas. They were all drowned and the planes sank in waters that were thousands of feet deep, making it quite impossible to find any wreckage. The seaplane was thought to have exploded after take-off because of its fuel leaks, and the explosion was seen by witnesses.
ANOTHER CASE of contention involved the ship MARY CELESTE, which was found with a life boat missing, abandoned, but in perfect shape. Some in the pro camp suggested that the crew was sucked into another dimension.
The anti camp countered by stating that the ship was found between Portugal and the Azores islands - thousands of miles away from the Triangle. And that it had passed through some violent storms probably prompted the crew to abandon ship, thinking falsely that the ship would not survive.
of boats, ships, planes - probably even birds - fly across this normal
nothing-out-of-the-ordinary looking area of the Atlantic Ocean between
Miami and the islands of Bermuda and Puerto Rico. Once, during the early
80s, an airline even gave away free "I Survived The Bermuda Triangle" T-shirts
to all passengers at the end of a flight across this stretch of water.
Seaman, U.S. Navy
Who was lost
with USS Cyclops in March 1918.
His cap band is from that ship.
6. It is generally considered as prove that large sections of the Earth's surface were once under water while other areas now under water were once land. This was noted by the naturalists of ancient times, when they found fossilized life in the desert, as well as by modern naturalists who have found skeletons of whales in such inland areas as Minnesota and even in the Himalayan Mountains, while much evidence exists that the Sahara was once an inland sea. Wile there is a general agreement on large-scale interchange of land and sea throughout the world, the question of timing is especially important for the consideration of the land and sea level changes within the Bermuda Triangle within comparatively recent geological times.
We know that during the Ice Age a tremendous volume of ocean water was frozen within the several-miles-deepglaciers that covered large parts of Northern Hemisphere. About 12,000 years ago, when the glaciers began to melt because of climatic changes, the causes of which are not clear yet, the world's waters rose, engulfing coastal lands and islands, turning isthmuses into straits and large islands into underwater plateaus. The old ocean water level of the earth at the time that the Third Glaciation started to melt is estimated to havebeen 600 feet or morebelow the present level. In addition, many lands once above water my lie even deeper than this because of volcanic activity taking place at the time of, or after, the flooding or, to use the biblical terminology which may have described these events - the Flood.