Southwold: Bomb detonated off Suffolk coast

Southwold's new lifeboat was called into service for the first time to transport a navy bomb squad t

Southwold's new lifeboat was called into service for the first time to transport a navy bomb squad to detonate a shell found off the Suffolk coast last night. - Credit: Archant

Southwold’s new lifeboat was called into service for the first time to transport a navy bomb squad to detonate a shell found off the Suffolk coast tonight.

A lifeboat crew member posing with one of the cod killed by the detonation of the bomb.

A lifeboat crew member posing with one of the cod killed by the detonation of the bomb. - Credit: Archant

The 100lb shell was found by a boat pulling up marker buoys at around 1pm today, two-and-a-half miles from Aldeburgh.

A navy bomb disposal squad was dispatched from Portsmouth to deal with the device, and ferried out to it by the lifeboat crew.

The shell was detonated on the sea bed a mile from Southwold at around 7.30pm.

Crew member Keith Meldrum said the shell was likely to have been left from years of naval testing activity off the coast.


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“By the time it got to the surface the explosion wasn’t huge, but it killed a couple of cod,” he added.

The Annie Tranmer replaced the Leslie Tranmer, which rescued dozens of stranded swimmers in one of its final calls last Sunday.

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