Usually, a day at the beach is fun, but this family encountered something that they thought was harmless, but later realized they were lucky to be alive. A family in Wales went to the beach and saw what they thought was an old, barnacle-encrusted buoy. The old ball of rusty steel had washed up on the shore near Burry Port in Wales.
Kelly Gravell reported that she, her husband, and their two children went to the local beach for a picnic on August 12th in 2015 when the kids noticed that something had washed up on the shore. She states, “My children took their boogie boards down and we were going out to the sea…We saw a large object on the beach, so we thought we’d have a little look.”
Kelly didn’t think of being cautious and warning the children to stay away because according to her, they regularly see objects wash up on the shore of that beach. The couple just thought that the old spherical object was a harmless buoy. She said, “We never thought for one second it was a bomb.”
Her children Erin, 6, and Ellis, 4, sat next to what they thought was a buoy and posed for photos. Kelly explains that the family was fascinated by the barnacles on it. She added, “My son was touching it and was knocking on it a little bit, and that was it really.”
The family then left the beach entirely unaware of the danger that they had placed themselves in. Only a few days later, Pembrey Country Park made an urgent announcement on their Facebook page.
They revealed that what the family had thought to be a buoy was actually a United States military bomb. The Gravell family had been playing with a bomb that could have detonated and killed them.
Kelly said that she and her husband, Gareth, didn’t actually see the post themselves. In fact, they were alerted about this news by a friend. Apparently, the friend had seen their Facebook pictures and put two and two together.
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