Clifford says he wants the Haitian government to act as soon as possible to help preserve the remains of the Santa Maria

Haiti Nouvelles - May 15 2014, 6:01 PM

Under water explorer Barry Clifford says he wants the Haitian government to act as soon as possible to help preserve the what he says is the remains of Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria.

He also wants the Haitian government to give him permission to continue to study the wreckage.

"I'm not looking for money," Clifford said. "I'm looking for the government (of Haiti) to protect this."

During a news conference, 68-year-old Barry Clifford said that there's evidence that the Santa Maria has been looted...

that the remains of the possible ship off the coast of Haiti probably hold "a great deal of cultural material" but that he and his team of divers can tell that thieves have disrupted the wreck and taken things.

When asked when the ship might have been looted, Clifford said he didn't know. "Something might have been done several months ago, maybe a couple years ago, I'm not sure," he said.

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