It’s just an illusion!
HOPES of a major submarine find below the River Foyle were sunk today when the DoE said all of the excitement was created by an illusion.
According to experts, the anomaly at the bottom of Lough Foyle is not a submarine or shipwreck.
It had been thought that an object found on a sonar was a submarine, and it was speculated that it may be a war grave or that there may be munitions unboard.
But the Environment Minister today said it was all an illusion.
Alex Attwood explained: “The sonic images presented from this site in March indicated a possibility of a submerged submarine or shipwreck. This in turn created much public interest. I therefore convened a meeting where I gathered all the key marine experts to ensure we established accurately what was located here. That led to a series of sonar surveys being carried out. This new work has not confirmed the possibility of a submarine or other significant find.
“The original image that excited interest was the form of a ‘sonic illusion’. When the site was scoped out the sonar exaggerated and enlarged what is there in the sweep around the site.
“There is no doubt for a moment there was a thrilling possibility which has now not come to pass. I do share a sense of disappointment.”
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