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USCG marks 99th anniversary of Titanic sinking

April 15, 2011

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NEW LONDON, Conn.—The U.S. Coast Guard has marked the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic by dropping memorial wreaths near the British luxury liner's resting place in the North Atlantic.

The Coast Guard's International Ice Patrol dropped the three donated wreaths Friday over the waters off Newfoundland.

It is an annual tradition for the New London-based Ice Patrol, which was created to monitor iceberg danger as a result of the Titanic's sinking.

The Titanic struck ice and sank on its maiden voyage in international waters on April 15, 1912, leaving 1,522 people dead.