Navy called in after fishermen haul in 500lb bomb from the North Sea

The bomb hauled in by fishermen today.
The bomb hauled in by fishermen today.
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Fishermen netted a bomb while fishing off the coast in South Tyneside today.

The crew of the fishing vessel, Ticino, which fishes out of North Shields, were left stunned when they realised their catch contained what looks like an old bomb or mine, weighing around 500lb.

The weight of it, the crew must have thought they had a huge catch.

Adrian Don, Tynemouth RNLI

The device got caught in nets as the boat was fishing around three miles off Souter Point in South Shields.

Fishermen on the boat alerted the Coastguard, and members of Tynemouth RNLI boarded the vessel to help transport the item to Whitley Bay where bomb disposal experts from the Royal Navy will examine it.

Adrian Don, a member of the Tynemouth RNLI, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, said it came a shock to the crew on the boat.

He said: “The lifeboat went out to escort the boat with the bomb. It had been caught up in the nets and hauled on board.

“The weight of it, the crew must have thought they had a huge catch.

“The lifeboat crew went on board to help rig up some rope work to lower it over the side at Whitley Bay.”

Adrian said the Royal Navy bomb disposal team had been called out, but it was likely the safe disposal of the bomb would take place in the morning when it is light.