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10 Shocking Things That Took Place In International Waters

The term "international waters" refers to bodies of water that aren't contained within the boundaries of any country. Most countries claim the water surrounding their land mass and any crimes committe

The term "international waters" refers to bodies of water that aren't contained within the boundaries of any country. Most countries claim the water surrounding their land mass and any crimes committed there are subject to laws of that country. But there is a lot of ocean space that no one country claims, therefore the laws are unclear. Things like piracy, illegal dumping of waste, and illegal fishing often take place in international waters.

Even if a crime does take place, the chances of it being investigated thoroughly is pretty slim. Most of the time anyone who can help is thousands of miles away, and that means any evidence is probably going to be gone before it can be collected. Dumping a body in the middle of the ocean is an almost guarantee that it will never be found since finding the exact location a crime was committed is near impossible.

Plane crashes and shipwrecks are two more things that are likely to end up in huge losses of life when they happen in international waters because in the middle of the ocean, help isn't close enough to make a difference. Here are 10 shocking things that have happened in international waters.

10 Quadruple Murder Caught on Video

via nytimes.com

9 The Sinking of the SS Arandora Star

via arxipelagos.com

8 Piracy

via deadline.com

7 Rum Running During Prohibition

via dory-man.blogspot.com

6 EgyptAir Flight 990 Crash

via washingtonpost.com

5 Bombing of the RMS Laconia

via dalyhistory.wordpress.com

4 Loss of Submarine USS Thresher

via youtube.com

3 The Sinking of the Titanic

via wikipedia.org

2 The Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

via themalaysiainsider.com

1 Whaleship Essex Sunk By a Sperm Whale

via islahicentre.org

The real-life story that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick was that of the Essex, an American whaleship from Nantucket. In 1820, the ship, captained by George Pollard Jr. was attacked by a huge sperm whale and sunk 2000 nautical miles west of South America. The surviving crew members had to band together and sail on badly damaged whaleboats (which are much smaller and not meant for long distances) to safety. Slowly they died one by one of starvation and dehydration until the remaining men decided they would have to resort to cannibalism to survive. Eight men survived months lost at sea by eating seven of their former crew mates.

 

Sources: NYTimes.com, CBC.com

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