The DUKW, an American amphibious vehicle, sunk in High Garda in the final days of World War II, identified in December 2012 by Volunteers Garda to 3,500 meters South of the coast of Riva del Garda, at the height of the Horn of Bo, will be finally pulled out from the surface to be exposed to the public. The wreck is lying on the seabed at a depth of 276 meters. It is not buried in the mud, simply it lies at the bottom of the lake, the Bresciaoggi.it, reports.
This great news was announced by Gianni Morandi, the new mayor of Nago Torbole, during the meeting held in recent days with the members of Benach Association, organization tied to the families of the 25 soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division that on April 30 1945, who died on board the vessel, surprised by a storm that sank the amphibian in the lake. The DUKW carried with a heavy howitzer and weighed 65 tons.
The mission will be entrusted to the Garda Volunteers, who had already come forward with a detailed plan of recovery. They will perform recovery operations in cooperation with the divers of the Fire Department of Riva. They will use to do this, a couple of ROVs, which are small robots equipped with completely mobile underwater camera systems that are controlled from the surface, Marco Fusato from Garda Volunteers, has said.
The Museum of the War of Rovereto is willing to cooperate in the recovery, although they don't have a suitable place to accommodate the hull, which measures eleven meters long and three in width. Probably, the exhibition space will be on the Rivano Coast, or alternatively in the Lietzmann Torbole square , places both where the DUKW will be visible to the public, protected by a glass case. "The most important thing - Marco Fusato says - is that the wreck will be remain on the territory. In the past other museums had advanced the candidacy, but it is an important piece of history of the lake, which must remain in the benacense district".