By Cathy Elelman • 03 July 2020 • 18:21
DEACTIVATED: Explosive disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion
CREDIT: Guardia Civil
GUARDIA Civil and Spanish navy explosive disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion to safely get rid of a submarine depth charge which showed up in the waters of Palma bay in an area popular with scuba divers.
It was an underwater fisherman who came across the metre-long, Italian-produced explosive device and informed the authorities.
Divers from the Guardia Civil’s GEAS Sub-aquatic Activities went to take a look. They cordoned off the area with buoys and put the relevant protocol into action for destroying the depth charge.
The explosive disposal experts, assisted by GEAS, moved the device to deeper waters, where they set up a perimeter and blew it up in a controlled explosion.
Also last week, a projectile appeared under the sea close to cliffs in the waters of Menorca.
The Guardia Civil reported it did not represent any threat to bathers.
Again, the area was cordoned off and a specialist navy unit extracted it from the sea, although deactivation of the projectile was not necessary.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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