Claim: A ship has reappeared in the Bermuda Triangle after going missing for 90 years.
Originated from: World News Daily Report.com
Date(s) active: May 2015, Sept 2015
Viral and persistent rumours that a ship named the SS Cotopaxi has mysteriously reappeared in the Bermuda Triangle after being intercepted by the Cuban Coast Guard are floating across the Internet. The rumours trace back to an article on World News Daily Report, that reads in part –
The Cuban Coast Guard announced this morning, that they had intercepted an unmanned ship heading for the island, which is presumed to be the SS Cotopaxi, a tramp steamer which vanished in December 1925 and has since been connected to the legend of the Bermuda Triangle.
However, the rumours are completely false. There have been no reports from the Cuban Coast Guard regarding such a find, nor has it been reported on by any mainstream media. The quotes and the people mentioned in the message are not real.
The World News Daily report quotes a man by the name of Rodolfo Salvador Cruz, however the photo used to illustrate Cruz is actually a man named Lee Smale, from Plymouth in the UK taken from a local article about him, and is not related to this fictional story whatsoever.
The SS Cotopaxi is a real ship however, disappearing in December 1925 in the Bermuda region. The image of the SS Cotopaxi used in the World News Daily Report (pictured above) was actually a prop taken from the “Close Encounters” Spielberg movie where in the film the ship was found in the Gobi desert.
The World News Daily Report is a fake news website that lures people to its site through the use of traffic-baiting headlines that are not real. The site claims it is satire and entertainment, though simply prints fake news articles.
World News Daily Report has a disclaimer on their website that reads in part –
WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
Thus the site is just another example of a fake news “fauxtire” site. You can read more about fauxtire websites here and how they differ from genuine satire websites.