(a) Whoever plunders, steals, or destroys any money, goods, merchandise, or other effects
from or belonging to any vessel in distress, or wrecked, lost, stranded, or cast away,
upon the sea, or upon any reef, shoal, bank, or rocks of the sea, or in any other
place within the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the United States, shall be
fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
(b) Whoever willfully obstructs the escape of any person endeavoring to save his life
from such vessel, or the wreck thereof; or
Whoever holds out or shows any false light, or extinguishes any true light, with intent
to bring any vessel sailing upon the sea into danger or distress or shipwreck--
Shall be imprisoned not less than ten years and may be imprisoned for life.
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