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Not Real News: Lost ship didn’t reappear in Bermuda Triangle

June 1, 2018 GMT

A steamer ship that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle more than 90 years ago remains missing despite claims that the Cuban authorities intercepted the ship.

The S.S. Cotopaxi has not been seen since Nov. 29, 1925, when it left Charleston, South Carolina, bound for Havana with a crew of more than 30 and a load of coal. The steamer is said to have run into a violent tropical storm. The Associated Press wrote two days later that the ship reported water in its hold and said it was listing badly. It later sent out distress signals and was not heard from again.

Numerous versions of the story have been posted over the years. The most recent appeared on the website Online Newsfeed. It is identical to a story that ran on The Readers File! site in 2017.

In 2017 when the sighting was reported, Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Woodall, a spokesman for Miami’s U.S. Coast Guard office, told the AP that his agency had received no reports of the S.S. Cotopaxi being recovered. The United States Coast Guard Seventh District in Miami said Thursday that the statement from 2017 still stands. A May 2015 story first appeared in World News Daily Report, which admits to publishing hoaxes.

This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.


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