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The release of gas is seen bubbling on the surface of the Baltic Sea following a leak on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, September 28, 2022, in a photo provided by the Swedish Coastguard. (Handout/Swedish Coast Guard/Getty Images)

German magazine Der Spiegel identified the boat which was searched by authorities in connection with the explosions that destroyed the Nordstream gas pipeline in September.

The sailboat “Andromeda” was searched in January, according to Der Spiegel. Germany’s attorney general’s office said last week that it searched an unnamed boat that month.

Der Spiegel says “the Andromeda” was the ship in which an unidentified six-man crew would have sailed to the Baltic Sea blast zone.

According to the maritime websites and, the “Andromeda” is under the German flag and measures 13 meters (42.6 ft) in length and 4 meters (13.1 ft) in width.

CNN reached out to the company that rents “the Andromeda,” but got no comment.

Last Friday, a German government spokesman was asked about ‘Andromeda’, but referred any questions to the German attorney general’s office.

The investigation into the explosions, which targeted pipelines carrying Russian gas to Europe, has also reached Denmark.

Søren Thiim Andersen, a local official on the island of Christiansø, told CNN that investigators searched his online mooring reservation system at the port.

They also asked him to post a call for photos of boats that had visited the island from September 16 to 18 last year on a local Facebook page.

“We were contacted by the Danish police in December about boats coming into port, if we had any information locally here on Christiansø, about boats that were here in port,” he said.

“I don’t know if the police found what they were looking for on the island,” he said.

Christiansø is 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of the Danish island of Bornholm, near where the explosions occurred.

A bit of context: Mystery has surrounded who might be responsible for last September’s brazen sabotage, which damaged two pipelines carrying Russian gas to the European Union and targeted a crucial revenue source for Moscow. Both pipelines were closed at the time of the attack.

A New York Times report cited new information that a “pro-Ukrainian group” may have been behind the attack. Ukraine has denied any involvement.


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