- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Mexican navy patrol boat that was decommissioned and sunken off the Baja California coast will become the state’s first artificial reef.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1I6blb4 ) that Baja California Gov. Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, Mexican navy Adm. Victor Uribe Arevalo and dozens of passengers gathered to watch the Uribe 121 sink in Puerto Descanso on Saturday.

Officials have been working toward sinking the Uribe for six years. The long-term plan is to create an underwater park in Bahia Descanso, a bay off the community of Puerto Nuevo about 50 miles from San Diego.

The ship sits about 90 feet under water, in an area of mud and sand. Nearby resorts are preparing to cater to scuba divers who will come to explore the Uribe.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, https://www.utsandiego.com

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