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A sea mine becomes a space hopper in the UK

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The Coastguard told Joe that the mine was safe to touch as it had no explosives in it and was simply a training device that had floated free off the coast of Plymouth last year. On hearing this news Joe decided to roll it off the beach and use it as a focal point for his business.

A sea mine becomes a space hopper in the UK

 Joe Gray was ecstatic when he heard rumours that a sea mine had been washed up on the rocks at Perranuthnoe near Penzance, Cornwall. 

The Coastguard told Joe that the mine was safe to touch as it had no explosives in it and was simply a training device that had floated free off the coast of Plymouth last year.  On hearing this news Joe decided to roll it off the beach and use it as a focal point for his business.  

Joe confirmed that there is no way he would have gone near the device if it hadn’t been confirmed as safe.

As the owner of a reclamation and antique yard called Shiver Me Timbers Joe has a deep appreciation for quirky, unusual finds - especially marine based ones - and had been on the hunt for a mine for quite some time.

The Government’s Receiver of Wreck team explained to Joe that he would be allowed to keep the device if it was unclaimed after 1 year.

Joe had a good two weeks where he tried the mine out as a number of items - including a coffee table, footrest, and a space hopper!

Long-term, Joe was thinking about using the sea mine as a centerpiece for his business or perhaps a unique type of stove.  

Sadly for Joe, on the 16th of February the Navy arrived to collect their training aid.  Joe is left hoping another mine may wash up one day and be deemed safe for him to roll home.

Like Joe, we hope our readers know that not all sea mines are inert - never approach anything suspicious until you know exactly what it is.

At SafeLane Global, we have enjoyed Joe’s antics.  However, we must stress that ordnance is not a toy and has been designed to kill.  In this case, Joe ensured the device was safe first. 

Always check and remember, if it is a training device the relevant Armed Force will likely want it back!

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