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  •  I Remember Cousteau Diving to A Sunken Transport (8+ / 0-)

    The ship had sunk in extremely deep water carrying many barrels of tetraethyl lead wich would seriously pollute the Mediterranean if leaked.  The diving effort to remove the cargo was extremely hazardous.

    Time Bomb at Fifty Fathoms

    In the passageway between the Adriatic and the Mediterranean seas, 3 miles from the Italian shoreline, rests a sunken freighter with its cargo of deadly tetraethyl and tetramethyl lead. These compounds, if swallowed or even absorbed through the skin, prey on the nervous system, causing delirium, insanity and death. Ever since the ship sank, Italy and Yugoslavia have bickered over their responsibilities and have discussed – but have yet to take – corrective action. Captain Cousteau examines this deadly dilemma created by the legal avoidance of responsibility and ineffective international regulations.

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