A sunken boat believed to be from World War II is the latest object to be uncovered in Lake Mead due to its shrinking water levels.
The Higgins landing craft was used to survey the Colorado River, but eventually sank and was 185 feet below water. Approximately half of the ship, which is lying sideways, is now sticking out of the water, less than one mile from Lake Mead Marina and Hemingway Harbor, the Associated Press reported.
“It is possible that this WWII surplus craft was put into service on the lake for various reasons and then partially salvaged before it sank in its current location,” officials with the Lake Mead National Recreation Area told NBC News on Tuesday.
“Whether it sank by accident or was intentionally sunk to get rid of a vessel no longer of use remains unclear,” the National Park Service added.
The discovery of the vessel comes following other recent discoveries that have emerged in the waterway’s reduced water levels. In May, a barrel was found in the shallow waters which held human remains that officials believe could have belonged to someone who was killed in a “mafia-related” situation in the 1970s or 80s.
The body of a 22-year-old woman identified as “Lily” was also found in the lake earlier this month, after she had disappeared under the water after falling off a jet ski.