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28 Apr, 2008 15:24

WWII-era bomb drifts off British coast

WWII-era bomb drifts off British coast

A World War II era bomb dating from 1942 has been lost by Royal navy specialists attempting to destroy it off the south-east coast of England.

The 1000-pound German SC shell, which has the potential to destroy a large part of the seafront and cause damage up to half a mile inland, first washed up on Felixstowe beach in Suffolk last week. It is thought to be the largest ever to be beached on a British shore.

Bomb-disposal experts on Tuesday attempted to tow the shell out to sea for a controlled explosion. Overnight, however, strong currents caused the straps connecting it to the ship to snap and the bomb was lost.

A team of Royal Navy divers first scoured a 200-metre area around where the bomb was found. They are now widening their search to a much larger area as they fear it may have drifted a considerable distance.