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Tampa based Odyssey Marine spotlighted on Discovery Channel show

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Three hundred miles off the coast of Ireland, in fifteen thousand feet of water, the S.S. Garisoppa sits at the bottom of the North Atlantic.

A German U-boat sank the Garisoppa sank in 1941. On board is an estimated one hundred to two hundred tons of silver. Tampa based Odyssey Marine has recovered forty eight tons of the silver. Odyssey President Mark Gordon says it hasn't been an easy task. Gordon says, " It's in the North Atlantic. It's really a pretty unforgiving piece of the ocean and there is really a weather window that runs between June and sometime in September where you can work in the North Atlantic. The rest of the year the seas are just way to rough to be out there."

Gordon says, the next time you're in an airplane and they reach fifteen thousand feet, look out the window and try to spot a home. Then Gordon says, imagine someone says they left their sunglasses on a dresser in a bedroom and you have to tear the roof off the house, find the bedroom and get the glasses back from the airplane. Gordon says, that's the same task they faced recovering the silver from the Garisoppa.

The rewards for the recovery are huge. Before finding the Garisoppa, Odyssey Marine reached an agreement with the British government. Gordon says, " It works out very well. Odyssey gets a hundred percent of it's expenses back and then we split eighty-twenty. Eighty percent to Odyssey and twenty percent to the British government on this project."

Odyssey's efforts to recover the silver from the Garisoppa are the focus of a new program on the Discovery Channel. " Silver Rush" will premier at 8:00 P.M. On discovery on February 24th.

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