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Former warship to become man-made reef

A decommissioned American warship is to be sunk into the ocean to create an articifical reef, it has been revealed.

The USS Kittiwake, a submarine rescue craft used by the US Navy during World War Two, will be sunk into a large sand patch off the island of Grand Cayman, near the popular Seven Mile Beach.

Over time it will form an artificial reef and should attract a variety of species of ocean life as it becomes an attraction for divers and snorkelers.

"It will be the biggest thing that’s happened in the dive industry in the last 10 years," said President of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association Steve Broadbelt.

Cayman is already a popular dive destination, with tourism accounting for around half its annual income.

Cayman tourism minister Charles Clifford stressing the environmental benefits of the plan, saying: "This site will also benefit our marine ecology by providing artificial habitats for fish and much desired relief for some of our frequently visited dive sites."

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