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Royal Navy Carry Out Controlled Explosion on WW II Bomb Caught in Fishing Net at Portpatrick

5th May 2020
Portpatrick on the Scottish Coast is a favourite harbour for Northern Ireland sailors Portpatrick on the Scottish Coast is a favourite harbour for Northern Ireland sailors

Many sailors from this side of the North Channel count Portpatrick as a favourite destination, either for cruising or racing purposes but that pretty tourist village and harbour were sealed off by police and Coastguard yesterday after a scallop dredger an unexploded shell or bomb aboard, berthed in the village, the Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press reports.

A Royal Navy spokeswoman said the device was moved to a safe location and a controlled explosion was carried out.

Thousands of tonnes of World War Two munitions were dumped out to sea, in the Beaufort's Dyke, between south-west Scotland and the Northern Irish coast, and some have washed up over the years on the coast of Galloway and on the Antrim coast.

Beaufort’s Dyke is a deep underwater trench between south-west Scotland and Northern Ireland and it was thought to be a safe, final resting place for the munitions. However, it is suspected that some may have been ditched closer to shore.

Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down.

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