Wreckage of lost ship USS Indianapolis found after seven decades 遇難的美軍印第安納波利斯號殘骸在70年後被發現

 

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Researchers announced Saturday they discovered wreckage of the lost warship the USS Indianapolis, 72 years after the World War II cruiser was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine.

 

研究人員週六宣佈,二次世界大戰時期的美國巡洋艦「印第安納波利斯號」,在遭一艘日本潛艦的魚雷擊沉72年後,他們發現這艘遇難的軍艦殘骸。

 

The wreckage was found in the Philippine Sea 5.5 kilometers below the surface, according to philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who headed the civilian research crew that located the ship.

 

殘骸是在菲律賓海水下5.5公里處被發現,慈善家兼微軟共同創辦人艾倫指出。他率領這支民間研究團隊,定位出該艦位置。

 

The ship was hit in the final days of World War II just after completing a secret mission delivering parts of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima.

 

該艦剛完成運送用於轟炸廣島的原子彈零件的秘密任務後,於二次大戰的最後時日遇襲。

 

The vessel sank in just 12 minutes, meaning it was unable to send a distress signal or deploy life-saving equipment. Some 800 of the ship’s 1,196 sailors and marines initially survived the maritime disaster, but only 316 ultimately lived after enduring several days in shark-infested waters where they also faced risks of dehydration and drowning. Of those survivors, 22 are still alive today, the US Navy said.

 

該艦遇襲後僅12分鐘就下沉,這意味它無法發出危難訊號或使用救生設備。艦上1196名水兵與海軍陸戰隊員中,約800人最初在海難中存活,但在鯊魚大量出沒的水域,以及面臨脫水、溺斃的風險數日後,最後只有316人生還。倖存者中,22人現仍健在,美國海軍指出。

 

"As Americans, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the crew for their courage, persistence and sacrifice in the face of horrendous circumstances," said Allen.

 

「身為美國人,我們對於全體官兵在面臨可怕的狀況時,展現的勇氣、堅忍與犧牲感激不盡。」艾倫說。

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