Divers retrieve ‘grenade’ from marina’s waters

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A suspected grenade spotted in 10 feet of water off the marina in St. Philip’s has been retrieved by the ordnance disposal team of the Canadian Forces Atlantic Fleet Diving Unit from Halifax.

Navy personnel from CFB Halifax, N.S., and members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) explosives disposal unit (EDU) stand at the St. Philip’s Beach Small Craft Harbours Marina Wednesday evening after a Navy diver retrieved an “inert ordnance” from the water. Once it was examined and photographed by RNC EDU officer Const. Mirch Rumbolt, RNC media relations officer Const. Steve Curnew said it was placed in a “safe box” to be taken away and disposed of by RNC and Navy bomb technicians.

 

They are describing the grenade as “inert ordnance”.

Whether that means the object was a toy, a lighter or some such object made to look like a grenade, or something more along the lines of a grenade that was no longer live ammunition isn’t clear.

The whole operation only took about 20 minutes.

The team sent down a single diver who retrieved the object and put it in a safe box before bringing it to the surface.

Public access to the marina has been restored.

 

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

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