Royal Navy deployed to 500lb German WWII bomb near major gas pipeline in the North Sea

A 500lb wartime bomb has been destroyed after being dropped “dangerously close” to a major gas pipeline by a fishing boat that had dredged it up from the seabed.

The explosive, dropped by German bombers during the Second World War, was hauled out of the water by a Dutch trawlerman after it got caught in his fishing nets in the North Sea, 50 miles off the Norfolk coast.

He then lowered it back down into the depths for safety, unaware he had dropped the device near to a gas pipe 60 metres away.

Royal Navy divers made the discovery after the trawlerman reported his find, with Portsmouth-based minehunter HMS Cattistock deployed to the location on Thursday afternoon.

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Source: Sky News