Continuation of assistance to EOD Team with unexploded Parachute Mine

Date: Thursday 30 November 2017

Location: Off Maenporth Beach

Weather: N 4, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Clear with Occasional Showers

All weather lifeboat: (Launched 09:00 / Returned 10:55) – Carl Beardmore(Deputy 2nd Coxswain), Adam West, Jake Ingleby, Jamie Connoly, Jamie Wakefield, Adrian Hingston, Will Allen

Details:

Following the previous days aborted attempt by the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Team (EOD) to dispose a second world war German Parachute Mine on the seabed off Maenporth Beach the All Weather Lifeboat was once again requested to launch to provide assistance and safety cover.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 09:00 and having rendezvoused with the EOD Team the lifeboat headed across to Maenporth arriving on scene at 10:00. The divers placed a charge on the mine and at 10:15 this was detonated although the mine itself did not explode. Once the divers had checked that the ordinance had been successfully disposed of the All Weather Lifeboat was released at 10:38 to return to its station.

The All Weather Lifeboat arrived back alongside its pontoon berth at 10:55 where it was refuelled and ready for service by 11:05.

This mine is believed to have been one of a number dropped in Falmouth Bay by a German Aircraft during the war. A couple of years ago another mine had been located off the Helford and this had been detonated with spectacular effect but on this occasion it is believed that water ingress into the mine had neutralised the explosive.