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.
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