The whole was tasked to a suspected explosive device found on the sand bar in Lyme Regis harbour. Dorset Fire & Rescue & Dorset Police were also in attendance and had sealed off an area 100 metres around the device. Two children had found the suspected anti tank mine while dredging work in the harbour was being carried out. The Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team from Plymouth was brought in to secure the ‘device’. It transpired that the device was not explosive and the teams were stood down.
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)