Hastings: Bomb Blown Up

The Royal Navy has successfully detonated a World War Two German bomb netted by a fishing boat off the coast of Hastings.

The skipper contacted the coastguards who then called in the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Team based at Portsmouth.

When they arrived the four-strong team set up base at the Hastings lifeboat house. The inshore lifeboat then ferried members of the bomb disposal team to the fishing boat where they confirmed that the object caught in the nets was a 1,000lb bomb from the Second World War.

The fishing vessel was moved to a safe location approximately two miles south of Rock a Nore, and the crew were taken off for safety. The bomb was then freed from the nets and laid back on the seabed. The fishing boat and her crew went back to work.

The Dover Coastguard set up a half-mile exclusion zone around the bomb until it was safely detonated just after 10.00am Sunday morning.

Hastings Lifeboat Operations Manager Peter Adams said. "It proved to be a long night for the volunteer lifeboat crews at Hastings. It was clearly an unusual service, not least because of the involvement of the Royal Navy.

"But we at Hastings RNLI were glad to be of assistance, and happy that this potentially tricky incident was quickly and safely dealt with."

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