THIS WEEK IN 1970: Rusting torpedo nearly killed divers
Souvenir-hunting underwater swimmers had beenÂ dicing with death off Hayling Island.
Many sub aqua divers had been collecting war relics from theÂ wreck of the German U-boat, which sank in 1920. But naval experts were called in to blow up the 500lb torpedo '“Â lodged for half a century in the rusting torpedo tube.Â
And naval experts revealed that the warhead hadÂ been squeezed open, exposing the explosive.Â
A naval spokesman said: '˜There may be a detonator present which means it could go off with the turbulence caused by rough weather.'
Sub Aqua Club member Alexander McKee said: '˜Divers have been banging for souvenirs.
'˜But then we found out about the torpedo. This size of explosive could kill every diver in the water if it went off.'Â