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Channel Islands, Guernsey: Unexploded bomb discovered near St Peter Port harbour entrance

By Motor Boats Monthly — last modified Oct 16, 2013 03:01 PM
An exclusion zone has been placed around an unexploded bomb discovered just outside the entrance to St Peter Port harbour. As reported by Motor Boats Monthly.

Published: 2013-10-15 23:00:00
Countries: Channel Islands

Channel Islands, Guernsey: Unexploded bomb discovered near St Peter Port harbour entrance

Aerial view of St Peter Port Harbour

Boaters have been warned to steer clear of an unexploded bomb or depth charge discovered near the entrance to St Peter Port Harbour. The Harbour Master has set up an exclusion zone 600 metres from the entrance and marked by yellow buoys equipped with orange flashing lights.

The bomb or depth charge is thought to have lain undisturbed in the wreck of the German patrol boat V209 ever since the vessel was sunk by Royal Navy aircraft on 24 July 1944. It was discovered when the wreck was being inspected recently after being damaged by a vessel dragging its anchor.

"The device was spotted in a different part of the wreck to where it had been damaged", said Harbour master Captain Peter Gill. "What is miraculous is that something like a depth charge has been sat there for 70 years and never been identified".

Royal Navy divers have arrived on the island to inspect the device so that plans can be made for its safe disposal.

Read more at http://www.motorboatsmonthly.co.uk/

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