Spanish Police Seize Treasure Ship

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A second boat belonging to a Florida company embroiled in a court battle with Spain over a US$500 million (euro350 million) sunken treasure was seized Tuesday, police said.

Spain's Civil Guard said officers approached the vessel, the Odyssey Explorer, as it left the British colony of Gibraltar off Spain's southern tip. Upon entering Spanish waters, the boat was ordered to the nearby Spanish port of Algeciras for inspection, police said.

The Civil Guard said it was acting on an order from a Spanish judge who in June instructed authorities to seize two vessels belonging to Odyssey Marine Exploration if the boats left Gibraltar.

Another Odyssey vessel, Ocean Alert, was seized in July and released after a week.

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