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Divers missing off Kristiansand

Two divers from Denmark remained missing, and feared dead, on Monday after they failed to resurface from a dive off the southern city of Kristiansand.

The two divers, one man and one woman, had intended to dive around a well-known shipwreck in the Korsvikfjord, not far from downtown Kristiansand. They had said they would resurface by 1pm on Sunday, but never did.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that an alarm was issued at 1:31pm and a search and rescue operation launched. A mini-submarine equipped with cameras searched the area during the night. Officials were considering sending a smaller submarine into the shipwreck itself, of the vessel Seattle that sunk during World War II.

The divers were reported missing by a third Dane who had been diving with them, at depths of 20 to 70 meters, reported NRK.

The wreckage of the Seattle is a popular goal for divers in Norway. The 140-meter-long vessel sank during the early days of the war, just after the German invasion in April 1040, and was found by divers in 1988.

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