A 2,000-year-old Roman ship has been discovered in waters off the coast of Sardinia. Italian police released a video of officers diving approximately 50m below surface and approaching the shipwreck located close to the Italian island.

Measuring 18m in length and 7m in width, the ship was found with Roman-era terracotta tiles in a good state of preservation in its hold.

The discovery was made by Italian police in collaboration with the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage, the countrys ministerial institute for archaeology. Archaeologists have said that the ship could have been sailing towards Spain or the western coast of Sardinia. An official statement has called the find of great scientific value.