Easter Goes With A Bang

The parachute mine as filmed by Richard Keen on his Go-Pro video.
The recovered partial German depth charge in the Royal Navy rib awaiting disposal.
The end result of the destruction of the depth charge marking the end to the Easter bomb disposal operation.

A DIVER unexpectedly uncovered both an unexploded Second World War British parachute mine and German depth charge off Guernsey over the Easter holidays with the devices having to be disposed of, as Simon Hamon reports.

On Thursday 29 March, local diver Richard Keen located what he thought was a parachute mine. The discovery was made towards the end of his dive, but he had the good sense to take a video of the mine and mark its position. The mine was located just on the edge of a mooring area adjacent to the 11th century Castle Cornet guarding the entrance to St. Peter Port. The mine had broken into two sections, the original firing section and main charge about nine feet in length.

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