Coastguards were called out in Weston-super-Mare yesterday (April 30) after a suspected ‘sea mine’ was spotted on the shore. An explosive ordinance disposal team saw the object in the bay off at about 10.45am, and were flown out on a hovercraft to inspect it.
However, once they got closer to the object it was revealed to be an old metal buoy. A post written on the Weston-super-Mare coastguard rescue team’s Facebook page said: “Well it’s been an eventful day for us coasties!
“Firstly at 10:45 we were requested to follow on from yesterday’s possible ordnance out in the bay off Knighstone. Plymouth EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team had suspicions the object may have been an old sea mine!
“They were flown out on the hovercraft to inspect, and fortunately it was deemed to be an old metal buoy from years gone by! Once they had dug it out it was removed for disposal by the beach rangers.
“After a hose down and some food all assets were stood down at 15.10 and returned to their families.” The Facebook post also says that the team were later called out to deal with another incident that left a woman injured.
At 4.18pm, the woman contacted the rangers after she stumbled while walking with her husband along the beach. She injured her ankle and was unable to walk, and the coastguards rushed out to help her.
The Facebook post says: “The team made their way and assessed her injury, unfortunately a fractured ankle. Splinted and ready to go, with the assistance of some chaps from Weston Fire Station we carried her out by stretcher to her husband who was waiting to take her to hospital for further treatment.”