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John Womack Snr was one of the first to see the wreck of an Italian cargo ship which has laid untouched on the seabed since it was sunk almost 60 years ago in the Second World War.

John Womack was part of a 21-strong team, including Maltese and Canadian divers, who took part in the week-long expedition in July 2001 to find the Marina Sanuda, which sunk on February 24 1942 after being torpedoed by three submarines from the Manoel Island-based British 10th submarine flotilla.

The ship, which lies 80m down on the seabed off the island of Lampedusa, supplied Field Marshal Rommel and was thought to be carrying armoured vehicles and wages for 44,000 German troops when it went down.

The team retrieved the first relic from the vessel - a German helmet, and the ship's lamp which they presented to the Maltese Maritime Museum.

John Snr admits, there was something more special about this latest expedition.

"All the expeditions are good, but it was one of our better ones - it is one of the few untouched finds we have done because usually somebody else has been there first," said John Snr.

"It was a lost territory - that ship has been sat there since 1942 waiting for somebody to go and have a look at it, and it was really exciting," he added.

And, keeping it in the family, he was joined by his son Paul, who is also a diver.