The IRT was tasked to assist the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team with the safe recovery of 8 50 calibre live shell cartridges that a local fishing trawler had caught in their nets. On the stormiest evenings of the year, the ordnance was recovered from the vessel and transferred to the care of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operators. The Royal Navy will identify the source of the cartridges and then safely dispose of them.
As a Coastguard team we are often involved in these types of incidents, our advice is this –
Never touch any ordnance
If you are not absolutely sure what the item is leave it exactly where it is.
Never transport the item to a Coastguard Station or Police Station
Phone 999 and ask for the Police (if the item is above the high water mark) or Coastguard (if below the high water mark)