Wreckage of sunken USS Indianapolis found

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The USS Indianapolis, a long lost American World War 2 cruiser, was found in the North Pacific last week by a civilian research expedition led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

The cruiser sailed from California to the island of Tinian in the East Pacific carrying parts critical to the completion of the "Little Boy" atomic bomb. It was en route from Guam to the Philippines when it was struck by torpedoes from a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945.

The surviving 316 men were rescued after a patrol plane spotted them around five days later.

The wreckage of the vessel was discovered 5,500 meters deep at the bottom of the Philippines Sea, according to a post on the Allen's official website.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of remotely operated vehicle finding part of the USS Indianopolis wreckage
2. Route of USS Indianapolis on globe
3. Numbers of those who survived initially
4. Sailors being spotted by patrol plane, final number of survivors

VOICEOVER (in English):

"On August 18, 2017, a research expedition using a remotely operated vehicle found the wreckage of the missing World War 2 ship the USS Indianapolis."

"It was discovered 5,500 meters deep on the ocean floor of the North Pacific."

"The previously missing cruiser sailed from California to the island of Tinian in the East Pacific. It was critical to the completion of the Little Boy atomic bomb."

"It was en route from Guam to the Philippines when it was struck by torpedoes from a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945."

"Close to 1,200 people were aboard the Indianapolis, but there was only a dozen life craft available."

"Some 800 made it off initially, but with little food and water, in addition to a sea laden with sharks, the number of survivors soon dwindled drastically."

"The remaining 316 survivors were rescued after a patrol plane spotted them about five days later."

SOURCES: Paul Allen (website), Reuters, The New York Times
https://www.paulallen.com/wreckage-from-uss-indianapolis-located-in-philippine-sea/#wreckage-from-uss-indianapolis-located-in-philippine-sea
https://www.paulallen.com/uss-indianapolis-history-and-discovery-materials/#uss-indianapolis-history-and-discovery-materials
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-shipwreck-idUSKCN1AZ0SX
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/20/world/asia/uss-indianapolis-paul-allen.html