Parachute mine 'netted' by boat off Weymouth Bay

Weymouth Bay
Image caption The mine was accidentally caught by a fishing boat off Weymouth Bay

A controlled explosion has been carried out on a live parachute mine accidentally caught in the nets of a fishing boat.

The vessel Cara Lee reported the find to coastguard officers as it approached Weymouth Bay in Dorset just before 14:00 BST on Saturday.

Experts from the Explosives Ordnance Disposal Unit attended the scene and safely lowered it onto the seabed.

The device was safely detonated just after 14:30.

Parachute mines were intended to be dropped on land targets by aircraft. They were heavily used by German Luftwaffe bombers and initially RAF Bomber Command in World War II.

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