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Divers find unexploded shell in Costa Brava

Submariners from Palamós spotted the artifact to be examined by police in next few days

 

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16 July 2018 11:58 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

Costa Brava is a popular destination with divers keen to explore a unique marine environment boasting a wide variety of subaquatic natural treasures.

Yet, what a group of divers from the seaside town of Palamós came across at the weekend was not flora or fauna, but an unexploded shell close to the group of islands known as the Illes Formigues. 

The divers were taking part in the second edition of a campaign in defense of the local marine environment. As they were getting out of the water, one of them noticed the bomb at a depth of around six meters.

On examining the artifact, the divers saw that the shell was intact, measuring about 90 centimeters in length and 30 centimetres wide.   

'It looked like a rock'

"It looked like a rock because it was covered in algae and could have been mistaken for something else,” said one of the group, Lluís Martí.

The divers promptly contacted the Spanish Guardia Civil police, whose divers will now inspect the area where the artifact was discovered in the next few days and, if necessary, remove the unexploded shell.

 

  • "Any boat could have hit and damaged it when lowering anchor. It seems incredible that no one has found it before"

    Lluís Martí · diver

For Martí, "the most surprising thing" about the find is where they discovered it. The spot where the shell is located is relatively shallow (six meters) and, according to the diver, is a place that is “much frequented” by both fishing boats and people doing different types of sporting and leisure activities.

"Any boat could have hit and damaged it when lowering anchor. It seems incredible that no one has found it before," said Martí.

Moreover, the spot where the shell was found is a popular one with divers circling the sea bed around the Illes Formigues in order to decompress before coming to the surface to get out of the water.

A similar artifact was found three months ago, also on Costa Brava, in the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols.

However, in that case, it was a group of workers digging up a road who came across the unexploded shell that dated back to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939.) The artifact in Sant Feliu was taken away by the bomb disposal unit of the Catalan police, who later deactivated it.

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  • A diver examining the shell found close to Illes Formigues, in Costa Brava (by Ramon Casabayó)

  • A diver examining the shell found close to Illes Formigues, in Costa Brava (by Ramon Casabayó)

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