Search for the Felixstowe bomb goes on

A HIGH-tech device is due to arrive in Felixstowe this morning to help the search for the lost bomb.

A HIGH-tech device which could have come straight out of a James Bond movie is on its way to Felixstowe to help the search for the lost bomb.

Royal Navy experts, who say they have “temporarily misplaced” the 1,000lb bomb, are bringing in Remus - an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) - to scan the seabed inch by inch.

The computer-operated torpedo-shaped vehicle will be programmed with satellite co-ordinates from a tracking beacon and then sweep across the seabed off the coast at Felixstowe, taking photos which will help the diving team find the German Second World War weapon.

Despite more dives yesterday, the team have still not managed to find the missing bomb - though they are confident they will do.

Warrant officer Robin Rickard, who is overseeing the diving team, said more dives would take place today along with an operation in which boats will use a dragnet to scour the seabed.

The 5ft 8in long UUV is set to arrive this morning.

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“We are using technology to try to find the bomb and later on we may use something a bit more agricultural when we drop a chain down and drag it along the seabed,” he said.

Both the dragnet and Remus would work well off Felixstowe because the area where the bomb is believed to be - about two miles offshore in ten to 12 metres of water - is hard, flat and featureless.

“When the chain snags on something we will take a short dive down and check it and confirm or deny if that is the bomb,” he said.

Warrant Officer Rickard said no GPS signal device had been attached to the bomb, only the lift bags and strops, one of which broke allowing it to go free.

“We have temporarily misplaced the bomb through mechanical and technical mishaps but we are making huge strides to reacquire it and a lot of work is taking place.”

“It is a little bit embarrassing but these things happen and we are at the mercy of the sea. We are not going to give up.”

The bomb is currently two miles offshore in about ten to 12 metres of water. A sea exclusion zone has been set up above the bomb to protect boats.

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