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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Titanic Blooper on 'Vesti'

The news program "Vesti" used footage of a submarine expedition to the Titanic as film of the Arctic seabed during a report on last week's expedition by two Russian minisubs to the North Pole.

The footage broadcast Aug. 2 fooled everybody except a sharp-eyed, 13-year-old viewer in Finland, Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat reported.

A screen shot on the web site shows footage from the Titanic expedition, which was also used in the 1997 Hollywood blockbuster of the same name, with an "Arctic Ocean" caption in the top left corner of the screen.

"We were not trying to present this as Arctic footage," Vesti spokeswoman Yulia Papilova said Friday.

Papilova said the film was from an oceanography institute in St. Petersburg.

The screen shot was made available to subscribing media outlets worldwide when Reuters placed the photograph on its news wire -- in good faith, it said.

"This footage was taken during the search for the Titanic," Reuters said in a statement Friday. "The error was corrected as soon as it was brought to our attention."

The photograph ran in the Aug. 3 issue of The Moscow Times and a number of other media outlets.

It is the second time in two weeks "Vesti" has aired misleading materials. A June 2 report on exiled tycoon Boris Berezovsky showed a fake front page of the Times of London. The article "Vesti" showed was an op-ed piece inside the Times, and not on the front page.