Police raid US treasure hunter ship off coast
12 July 2007, GIBRALTAR – Police intercepted a boat belonging to the US treasure hunting firm Odyssey Marine Exploration on Thursday.
12 July 2007
GIBRALTAR – Police intercepted a boat belonging to the US treasure hunting firm Odyssey Marine Exploration on Thursday.
The Ocean Alert was raided in waters off Cadiz, 3.5 miles from the coast.
The raid was ordered by a judge in La Linea near Cadiz when it entered Spanish territorial waters.
Until now, two Odyssey boats had been moored in Gibraltar.
Odyssey has been involved in hunting for treasure off the coast of southern Spain. It is seeking EUR 373 million worth of gold and silver purportedly on the wreck of the British warship HMS Sussex, which sank in the 17th Century.
But after a series of legal rows with Spanish authorities over treasure which was taken from a secret position possibly off the Iberian peninsula, the judge issued the order to raid the Odyssey boat.
Odyssey has an agreement with the British government to retrieve treasure from the HMS Sussex.
But Spain disputes the US firm’s right to take the treasure in these waters.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news