25th February 2015
Close up of the device on the proposed breakwater.
Cowes RNLI lifeboat was launched today after an explosive device had been discovered amongst shingle on the proposed new breakwater at the mouth of Cowes harbour.
The discovery was made at lunch-time by contractors carrying out reshaping work. Immediately they surrounded the item with sandbags, and raised the alarm.
Cowes lifeboat was launched at 2 pm and was used to convey mobile coastguards from Bembridge to carry out an on the spot inspection of the device, thought to be an anti-aircraft shell from the 2nd World War. The lifeboat returned to station at 3.35 pm.
It is expected the device will eventually be removed by Royal Navy personnel from Portsmouth.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.
Photo Credit: RNLI Cowes