A new documentary looks to uncover the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle
Aliens, wormholes to another dimension and even the lost city of Atlantis have been among the more far-fetched explanations for the phenomenon, which first gained traction in the 1950s as air travel became more common.
The loosely defined stretch of the Atlantic Ocean between Miami, San Juan, Peurto Rico and Bermuda is said to have claimed some 300 ships and 75 planes, many of which have never been found.
Among the most famous, relatively recent disappearances is the USS Cyclops, a collier ship that entered the jinxed waters on March 4, 1914 and was never seen again.
On December 5, 1945, a group of US bombers known as Flight 19 set out on a training mission over the Bermuda Triangle.
All five planes were lost, along woth the 14 airmen, and the flying boat that went out to find them disappeared too, with 13 people on board.
Scientists have offered numerous explainations for why so many craft have vanished over that strange body of sea.
Tonight, Channel 5 will broadcast Draining the Bermuda Traingle, which follows a team of explorers using solar mapping technology in a bid to understand why and how so many craft meet their fate.
All kinds of theories as to what causes the strange disappearances have been mooted
During low tide they can break the surface – but can can otherwise go undetected and are hard and sharp enough to rip through a ship hull.
Struan Smith from Bermuda’s natural history museum said: “They are more visible when there are waves during storms.
“The breakers are at their most dangerous on a flat calm day because they cannot be seen at all.”
The documentary also finds evidence of powerful sinkholes and whirlpools that may be capable of pulling large heavy objects to the bottom of the sea.
It also notes the triangle is a hive of weather activity, where hurricanes and storms can create huge, freakish waves.
The infamous flight 19 that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle
He said: “It is close to the Equator, near a wealthy part of the world – America – therefore you have a lot of traffic.
“The number that go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis.”
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