By Cathy Elelman • 12 August 2020 • 14:56
ACTION: The Navy sent specialist divers to recover the device
CREDIT: Armada Española Twitter @Armada_esp
THE Spanish Navy has recovered an anti-sonar weapon discovered under the sea just off Roquetas de Mar’s Salinas beach.
The Navy reported that a scuba diver came across the device on Sunday August 9 and reported the find to the Guardia Civil, who in turn activated the established protocol for this kind of situation.
The Guardia alerted the Navy Maritime Action Surveillance and Operations Centre, or COVAM, in Cartagena.
Through COVAM the Maritime Action Admiral sent a team specialising in underwater bomb disposals and divers specialising in disabling mines from the naval Anti-Mine Measures Divers Unit to locate and recover the device, thereby “eliminating the danger” and “minimising the environmental impact.”
Also collaborating on the operation was the Guardia Civil and members of the 112 Emergencies service.
Devices like the one found in Roquetas’ waters were launched from submarines to confuse sonar and the identification of a target.
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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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