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Rich Kohler

U-Boat Expert

Richie Kohler’s passion for technical scuba diving and maritime history has led him to explore some of the most challenging and dangerous shipwrecks in the world, including the Andrea Doria and HMHS Britannic. Searching for lost ships has led him to locate and help identify numerous lost vessels, including the U-215 a German mine laying submarine on the Georges Banks off Nova Scotia, USS Murphy a WWII destroyer, crushed and forgotten in the New York approaches, and the SS Peconic an 1800’s hurricane victim off the Georgia coast. But it would be the identification of a mystery WWII German U-Boat, the U-869 that would catapult his diving career into the world of television and documentary film making. Detailed in the NY Times best seller, Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson, this exciting story is slated to be a major motion picture. Kohler, along with long time dive buddy John Chatterton, co-hosted the long running History Channel series, Deep Sea Detectives, and has worked on U/W film projects for Paramount Pictures, CBS, PBS, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. 

"Life is a matter of luck, and the odds in favor of success are no way enhanced by extreme caution", KptLt Erich Topp, German U boat Commander WWII.
I have diving and exploring shipwrecks for over 38 years, and find the motto above perfectly captures the spirit of exploration.