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An Old British Mine, Destroyed On The Shores of Gallipoli, 97 Years After The Battle

When the crew of the fishing boat Rafet Reis 3 cast their nets off the Kabatepe on Gallipoli Peninsula for a good catch of fish, they found something else: a very old and rusty object.

According to the captain of the fishing vessel, they have encountered mines before when hunting in the region. But this time the object did not looked like the other mines they have seen therefore they brought the object to the harbour and notified the Turkish Coast Guard.

After the first inspection by the Coast Guard team, the object was identified as a mine and Turkish Naval Forces, EOD teams were notified. It turned out to be a British made mine from the First World War era. The 97 years old mine was carefully taken of the fishing vessel and loaded on a trailer. The mine was taken to the Suvla beach on the Gallipoli Peninsula where it was destroyed by demolition charges.

Click, to watch a, over 5 minutes long vidoe of the transport and destruction of the old British mine.

Click for previous similar incidents.

 

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2 Responses to An Old British Mine, Destroyed On The Shores of Gallipoli, 97 Years After The Battle

  1. Huseyin says:

    “The 97 years old mine was carefully taken of the fishing vessel and loaded on a trailer. ”

    I think that statement is little optimistic. Pushing it with bulldozer, carrying over to tractor trailer and moving through the streets with that?

    My guess is it already lost explosives inside (look at the huge hole), so this was just an excuse for fireworks :)

    In the past, I think SAS team was sent from Istanbul. Was this team also from there, or are there permanent attachments of SAS in Canakkale? Considering the importance of the strait , I would think so.

    Secondly, I did not hear a vocal warning before the explosion. I thought that was standard practice while playing with the explosives regardless of visual confirmation of isolation or not.

    • Strictly speaking there is no footage showing how the mine was off loaded from the fishing boat thus my statement that it was done carefully is neither wrong or correct. Nevertheless the EOD experts on the scene have the best knowledge about the status of the mine and therefore are in the best position to decide how to handle it.

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