Exciting times at Widemouth Bay today, when the Bude Coastguard Rescue Team was paged at 12:16pm and tasked by Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre to check out an incident at the beach. This followed a report by a member of the public of a suspected ordnance device found amongst the rocks.
Upon arrival, the immediate area around the device was cordoned off, and images were despatched to Falmouth MRCC and onward to the Royal Navy’s Bomb Disposal Unit.
Having received the images, the Bomb Disposal team confirmed suspicions that this was likely to be a form of ordnance, and made their way to Widemouth Bay, while Bude CRT cleared a 200m radius exclusion zone on the beach to prepare for the object’s disposal in advance of the Royal Navy team’s arrival.
Upon arrival, the Bomb Disposal team confirmed the device to be the head of a ‘Spigot Mortar’, and most likely a remnant of World War II. After removing the suspect device to a safe position on the beach, the Royal Navy team then used half a kilo of explosive to safely dispatch the object.
Once the Royal Navy had confirmed the object had been destroyed, the beach was re-opened to the public, and Bude CRT members were duly stood down, to return to the station.