Coast Guards in America may charge three men for violating a maritime security zone - in a wooden submarine.

Coast Guards in America may charge three men for violating a maritime security zone – in a wooden submarine. The pedal-powered, paddle-driven, replica of the 1776-built ‘Turtle’ was being towed by an inflatable when it drifted into a security zone established round the visiting cruise liner ‘Queen Mary 2’.

New York Police apprehended two men from the inflatable and one from the submarine. The Coast Guard’s on-scene boarding officer confirmed that the incident was a historical experiment gone wrong, but warned that violations of security zones are punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 and/or up to five years imprisonment.

He also pointed out that the submarine was extremely unsafe and had no registration, flares or other safety equipment aboard. It is not clear, however, quite what use flares would be in a submerged wooden submarine.