World News – AU – Australian Navy ship fires 45kg unexploded bomb at sea


Members of Australia’s One Scuba Dive Team return to Lord Howe Island, Australia, from Elizabeth Reef on a Zodiac inflatable boat after a successful search for unexploded ordnance The 45 kilogram bomb was discovered by a fisherman on Elizabeth Reef near Lord Howe Island, about 550 kilometers off the state of New South Wales
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Australian Navy divers removed a 45-kilogram unexploded bomb from a reef off the southeast coast and a vessel towed it to deeper water as it posed a significant risk to the public

The bomb was discovered by a fisherman on Elizabeth Reef near Lord Howe Island, about 550 kilometers off the state of New South Wales He photographed its find and reported it to authorities

Divers aboard HMAS Adelaide carefully removed the abandoned explosive by floating it to the surface and towing it further out to sea where it was dropped in water 550 meters deep

« This depth is really safe It will never be returned to the reef, » said John Pritchard, senior marine parks officer

Deep sea fishing or trawling is prohibited there It is a recreational fishing area only The chances of this UXO (unexploded ordinance) coming to the surface is negligible

The origin of the bomb is not known and divers could not estimate its age due to its deterioration, a spokesman for Environment Minister Sussan Ley said

Bombs of this size were used as early as World War I, sometimes dropped from aircraft to target submarines There was also bombing off the east coast of Australia during World War II

Ms Ley said fishermen and navy divers have potentially saved lives and one of Australia’s most important reefs

The device was considered alive by the Navy and the aftermath could have been quite frightening, Ms Ley said in a statement on Sunday « Fortunately, the precious ecosystem of the reef is safe and, most importantly, future visitors »

Elizabeth Reef is approximately 160 kilometers north of World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island With Middleton Reef nearby, M Pritchard said it was the southernmost coral reef platform in the world

125 corals and more than 300 species of fish have been identified there, M Pritchard said It is a very unique environment and, being so far from anywhere, it is relatively unspoiled

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