Kelly says ‘We were more fascinated by the barnacles on it. I even made a joke that it was a big bomb at the time, but did not think anything of it. It’s only afterwards when the reality had set in that we were actually very lucky.’ She says ‘We’ll definitely think twice before messing with something like that in the future.’
The Carmarthenshire County Council press officer, Allison Thomas David explained that it’s common for things to wash up on the beach, and she agreed that it did look like a buoy. The mine had to be secured and later the local bomb squad was brought in. They detonated it in a controlled explosion.
Hundreds of thousands of sea mines were deployed during World War ll, and after the war the US navy were unable to collect all of them. Over thirteen thousand were deliberately left unswept, and over the course of 30 years, more than five hundred minesweepers were sunk or damaged severely trying to dispose of the mines that were left over.
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