Colombia advances toward salvaging treasure from sunken Spanish galleon. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Colombia is making progress towards salvaging a Spanish galleon carrying jewels and coins that sank more than 300 years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday (July 5) after receiving a proposal from an investor to bring it to the surface. The ship named San Jose, thought by historians to be carrying one of the largest unsalvaged maritime treasures, sank in 1708 near the historical Caribbean port of Cartagena, and its wreckage was located in 2015. The government will accept further offers to recover the ship and its treasure, Santos said. A museum will be built to showcase artefacts found in the wreckage. Sonar images have so far revealed bronze cannons made specifically for the ship, arms, ceramics and other artefacts. Archaeological excavation and scientific tests on the wreck will continue to ensure it can be properly preserved, Santos said. Santos did not disclose the investor behind the first proposal or its terms.