Unlicensed salvagers 'biggest threat' to HMS Victory

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Unlicensed salvagers have been identified as the biggest threat to the shipwreck of HMS Victory in a report.

More than 1,000 sailors drowned when the British warship, the predecessor to Lord Nelson's Victory, sank in a storm.

The report is part of the public consultation into the future management of the 1744 shipwreck in the English Channel. Consultation ends on 30 June.

The authors of the report said unauthorised salvage could result in "irreparable damage" to the wreck site.

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