Family captures haunting face above the USS Arizona

Published: Sep. 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM CDT
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HONOLULU, HI (KHON/CNN) - An Australian family claims they captured an incredible image from above the USS Arizona of a face beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor.

Susan De Vanny and her family said the face appeared in the shimmering oil in the water above the wrecked ship where it remains as a memorial to the sailors who died during the Dec. 7, 1941 attacks on the Hawaiian harbor.

After taking the haunting photo, De Vanny showed the picture to her husband.

"I said just have a look at the photo, and he said, 'Oh my gosh, it's a face,' and then the kids saw it, and they go, 'Oh wow'," De Vanny said.

De Vanny described the ghostly figure in the water as looking very sad and young.

More than 1,100 sailors died aboard the USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. Most of the bodies were never recovered.

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