Storm Christophe uncovers landmines at Slapton

Royal Navy bomb experts have blown up three land mines at Slapton Sands after Storm Christophe uncovered them. 

One of the devices next to a Coastguard radio for scale - credit Prawle Point Coastguard

Prawle Point Coastguard were called to a landmine at Slapton Sands this afternoon, Wednesday 20 January, after someone spotted the device and called 999. 

While the cordon was being set up around the device, another two landmines were located in close proximity. 

While the cordon was being set up around the device, another two landmines were located in close proximity

The mines were found by Faye Luscombe and her two sons George and Edward Tucker when they were beachcombing for their hour's exercise.  

George and Edward Tucker who found the mines with their mum Faye Luscombe


Faye said: "It certainly made for interesting home learning this week as we went back to see the holes and pick up some of the shrapnel."

They filmed the mines being blown up by the Royal Navy: 


The Royal Navy Southern Diving Unit, SDU1, blew up all three. 

A spokesperson for the Coastguard said: "Slapton played host to Exercise Tiger in 1944 and storms like Storm Christophe often uncover left over ordnance so there might be more out there. Please be cautious in the coming days and if you locate any item that may be ordnance, do not touch it, then call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

Slapton played host to Exercise Tiger in 1944 and storms like Storm Christophe often uncover left over ordnance so there might be more out there...please be cautious

- Sam Acourt, Editor

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