Coastguard officers were tasked to a remote beach in the South Wight this afternoon (Saturday) following the discovery of a box of ammunition.
Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team were made aware of the situation by Solent Coastguard at 15:49, with officers requested to attend the scene at Blackgang Beach and carry out initial investigations.
The box of cartridges for small arms was located on the shore below the high water line and photographs were taken. The photos were then sent to the Royal Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team in Portsmouth, who suggested that the item should be taken into the custody of HM Coastguard and recovered to Ventnor Coastguard Station.
The actions of the first informant have been praised as they did the right thing in calling the Coastguard, whilst leaving the ammunition alone.
If you or someone else is in difficulty on the coast or at sea, or if you spot what you think may be unexploded ordnance, then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Further safety information can be found at https://coastguardsafety.campaign.gov.uk/.