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Deal to recover sunken gold approved

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge has approved a deal to recover the remaining gold from a ship that sank off the Carolina coast in 1857.

Under the deal, Tampa, Fla.-based Odyssey Marine Exploration plans to recover gold bars and coins from the SS Central America next month.

Judge Patrick Sheeran of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in Columbus approved the plan Wednesday, according to a judge’s order obtained by The Associated Press.

In 1988, shipwreck enthusiast and Ohio native Tommy Thompson led an expedition that found the vessel and recovered gold that later sold for between $50 million and $60 million. It’s unclear how much gold is still in the ship.

The treasure was the subject of various lawsuits, and Thompson has been a fugitive since August 2012.

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