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A passenger climbs off the Golden Venture freighter (Credit: Newsday / Phil Davies)

A passenger climbs off the Golden Venture freighter to a waiting police boat. (June 6, 1993)

Golden Venture used as artificial reef

The Golden Venture, which is a vessel that was used to illegally smuggle people and drugs to the U.S. from China, was purchased by Palm Beach County, Fla. for $60,000 and deliberately sunk to be used as an artificial coral reef.

Two passengers climb down ladders on the side
(Credit: Newsday / Phil Davies)

Two passengers climb down ladders on the side of the Golden Venture freighter, after the ship became grounded off the Fort Tilden shoreline. (June 6, 1993)

A passenger climbs off the Golden Venture freighter
(Credit: Newsday / Phil Davies)

A passenger climbs off the Golden Venture freighter to a waiting police boat. (June 6, 1993)

Chinese immigrants sit huddled under blankets as they
(Credit: Newsday / Don Jacobsen)

Chinese immigrants sit huddled under blankets as they wait to be transported off the beach at Fort Tilden. An estimated 300 immigrants were aboard the Golden Venture freighter when the ship became grounded off the Fort Tilden shoreline. (June 6, 1993)

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A group of 31 Chinese immigrants, who were
(Credit: AP )

A group of 31 Chinese immigrants, who were passengers aboard the ill-fated Golden Venture freighter that ran aground in 1993 off New York, carrying 286 passengers, listen as others in the group speak out during a news conference in Chinatown. (April 26, 2006)

This undated photo shows the Golden Venture, which
(Credit: Diveboat diversity / Scott McDuff)

This undated photo shows the Golden Venture, which was later purchased by Palm Beach County for $60,000 and deliberately sunk as an artificial reef in 70 feet of water, about one mile off the south coast of Florida near the Boca Raton Inlet.

This undated photo shows the wreck of the
(Credit: Diveboat diversity / Kirsten Gash)

This undated photo shows the wreck of the Golden Venture, renamed the United Caribbean and used for a while as a cargo vessel in the Caribbean.

This undated photo shows the Golden Venture after
(Credit: Diveboat diversity / Scott Duff )

This undated photo shows the Golden Venture after it was purchased by Palm Beach County for $60,000 and deliberately sunk as an artificial reef in 70 feet of water, about one mile off the south coast of Florida near the Boca Raton Inlet.

This undated photo shows the Golden Venture after
(Credit: Diveboat diversity/Krsten Gash )

This undated photo shows the Golden Venture after it was deliberately purchased and sunk by Palm Beach County for $60,000 to be used as an artificial reef near the Boca Raton Inlet, which is off the coast of Fla.

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