2 New Jersey divers find Andrea Doria fog bell

Two New Jersey divers have found the fog bell from the famous Andrea Doria shipwreck site.

The Andrea Doria collided with the Stockholm approximately 55 miles off the coast of Nantucket in 1956, sinking the Italian cruise ship.

Carl Bayer, of Hillsborough and Ernie Rookey, of Jackson, unexpectedly found the 73-pound bronze bell in the debris field of the wreck. The bell was found buried in the sea floor, more than 240 feet underwater.

Bayer and Rookey had little time on the bottom of the ocean before they had to begin their ascent. The men attached lift bags to the bell and sent it toward the surface.

Bayer says visibility conditions were perfect for the find, "We had the pleasure of 30 to 40 feet (of visibility), which is almost unheard of."

The men say the bell is not for sale and will be put on display.

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