Royal Navy blow up WWII mine off Scottish coast

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By Rory Reynolds

ROYAL Navy bomb experts have blown up a live Second World War mine after it was caught up in the nets of a fishing boat on Sunday night.

Fishing trawler The Reward dragged the explosive device towards Port Seton in East Lothian, after it was snared in the boat’s nets six miles off shore in the Firth of Forth.

The crew left the object sitting around seven meters underwater after alerting Forth Coastguard of the situation.

Divers from Faslane Naval base on the Clyde swam down and attached an explosive device to the mine.

They then move clear to a safe distance before detonating the bulky device causing an underwater explosion in the Forth.A spokesman for Forth Coastguard said: “The fishing boat was about six miles out when it caught onto their nets and they dragged it in.

“I don’t know if they knew what it was but they knew they had something caught on their nets.

“The usually do detonate these devices, just so it’s dealt with and no longer a danger.”

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