Treasure hunters plundering wrecks

Date: 1/10/2008

Heritage listed wrecks are being plundered in Darwin Harbour by rogue divers. Local divers reported that artefacts were taken from the RAAF C-47 plane wreck in Fannie Bay. Peter Darlington, a regular diver to the wreck, reported items including a radio, flight gauges and a fire extinguisher had been taken from the wreck and an engine and propeller had been dislodged. The Northern Territory government who monitor the site report more than 10 artefacts had been stolen and the plane’s tail penetrated. It is understood heritage officers are hunting for the offenders. Divers who damage heritage sites can expect hefty fines of up to $10,000 or 12 months in jail, plus forfeiting the boat or vehicle used to get there.

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