The IRT was tasked to assist the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team with the safe recovery of a naval drogue target. Some elements of the target still appeared to be ‘live’, specifically the infra red pods. The target was brought ashore by a local fishing trawler. Originally the drogue would have been towed behind a boat and used for gunnery target practice. The drogue is capable of providing a visual, a heat and an electronic target. The ordnance was recovered by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operators and taken to RNAS Yeovilton. 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 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)