Bomb firm breaks depth records to get to mine

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IT may not have been 20,000 leagues under the sea, but a Portsmouth bomb disposal firm has plumbed record-breaking depths to blow up a mine.

Ramora UK was called in to help oil and gas operator Chevron North Sea deal with the mine, which was found at 3,667ft below the surface.

It was a World War Two device, a British Mk IV Buoyant Mine – the round spiked mines often seen in films and on television – weighing 1,200lbs.

It had to be moved 1.5miles away from where it was found in order to be detonated safely.

Ramora UK managing director David Welch said: ‘This was a highly significant undertaking for everyone involved.

‘The item presented a risk to delaying the exploration drilling programme.

‘But what made the operation particularly exciting was the opportunity to deploy our expertise and technology at a record-breaking depth.’

As well as dealing with unexploded mines and ammunition, Ramora UK also provides training to firms on what to do if staff discover a device.