Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

WW2 bomb netted by trawler sparks launch of Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat

A SECOND World War bomb, thought to have been jettisoned at sea by an RAF bomber , was caught in a trawler’s nets on Wednesday afternoon, prompting the launch of Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat.

At 4pm on Wednesday the skipper of the North Shields-based Ticino radioed Humber Coastguard to say that they had hauled up a large bomb approximately three miles off Souter lighthouse, South Tyneside.

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch and stand by while decisions were made as to what to do with the explosive. A Royal Navy Bomb Disposal diving team from HMNB Clyde was dispatched and started making their way to the area.

As the bomb hadn’t been detonated by being dragged around in the fishing vessel’s nets for up to three hours it was deemed safe enough to be moved and the lifeboat met the Ticino, placing a crewman on board, then escorted the vessel to the Whitley Bay Explosive Ordinance Disposal buoy off Whitley Bay, where it was put overboard in 18m of water, marked with a float.

On Thursday, the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team dived on the bomb, confirming it was a 1000-pounder, containing 286 pounds of high explosive. The team then set charges on it, detonating it after Humber Coastguard had established a 1 mile exclusion zone around the buoy.

Lifeboat (relief) 17-38 Daniel L Gibson