A team of divers has conducted the first-ever major survey of the wreck of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Australia.
The boat was laying mines outside Darwin harbor during World War II when it was engaged and sunk by Australian forces, with the loss of all 80 men onboard.
The survey was conducted under the auspices of the Northern Territory Government. A team of technical divers and archaeologists undertook the challenge of documenting as much of the wreck as possible, and their efforts included building a detailed 3D model of the wreck.
Up to now, the submarine has been very difficult to survey due to several reasons, including its location, which is prone to strong tides and murky waters. The boat’s depth further complicated the survey since the sub is lying just outside the recreational diving range in 53m/173ft of water.
You can check out a video of the I-124 survey below.