Felixstowe: WW2 Bomb Removed

1 April 2012, 12:41 | Updated: 1 April 2012, 12:45

Bomb disposal experts have removed the remnants of a German rocket which was found submerged in mudflats off the coast between Felixstowe and Harwich.

The 4ft-long section of the Second World War missile was pulled out at low tide from the River Stour between Felixstowe and Harwich on Thursday.

It had been discovered nose down and was projecting about two feet out of the mud, around 300ft from the shoreline, a Royal Navy spokesman said.

It was lifted from the mud onto a barge following a delicate operation by a six-man Navy team who worked with the Army's 101 Engineer Regiment bomb disposal team.

To begin with, they excavated around the lowest part of the missile to discover the warhead section missing, meaning it posed no safety risk.

The venture section of the rocket, named after a scientific reaction that happens when fluid passes through a narrow pipe, may now be donated to the nearby sailing club.

Members of the club have unwittingly passed the rocket in the mud for decades.

Lt Dan Herridge, officer-in-command of SDU 2, said: "This was a successful result to the operation and means people using the waterways and living locally can have confidence that this was not a dangerous piece of ordnance."

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