Coastguard

Coastguard advice on reporting munitions found on beaches

Publication date: April 7, 2022

An unexploded ordnance was discovered on Walcott Beach earlier this week and was safely disposed of by an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from 11 EOD and the Search Regiment Royal Logistic Corps.

Thereafter, we would like to remind our residents and visitors that they must always be attentive to objects they may discover on our beaches.

Although it is very rare to find unexploded ordnance on our beaches, bad weather and high tides can expose these objects, especially in spring and autumn.

However, should you find an object of unusual size or shape, often rusting, on one of our beaches, the Maritime Coast Guard Service has offered the following advice.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said:

“If you see any ordnance or object of an unusual size or shape, especially after bad weather or high tide, it could be unexploded ordnance.

Please do not touch or move it. Call 999 and ask for the coast guard. They will take the necessary measures with the competent partner authorities to ensure the safety of people.

For more information and other coastal safety advice from the Maritime Agency and Coastguard, visit their website here – HM Coastguard

And other general safety tips can be found here:

General Coastal Safety Tips (Winter)

Coastal safety tips from HM Coastguard

Expect the unexpected on the coast. Coastal Safety Tips

Spotlight on safety – Bad weather does not exist. True or false? (hmcoastguard.blogspot.com)

Swimming safety (it is cold in the water at this time of year!)

Safety Spotlight – Sea Swimming and Cold Water Shock (hmcoastguard.blogspot.com)