|Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., a company that specializes in deep-ocean exploration, has retrieved five gold bars and two gold coins from the sunken ship the SS Central America.|
The artifacts were recovered during a reconnaissance dive to the shipwreck site on April 15. Odyssey Marine Exploration researchers are in the process of documenting the underwater site, and they eventually plan to conduct a full archaeological excavation of the shipwreck, according to company officials.
|Thompson became a federal fugitive last year after he didn’t show up for a court hearing.|
Odyssey was selected for the project by the court-appointed receiver who represents RLP and Columbus Exploration LLC. The contract has been approved by court.