High winds hamper efforts to destroy mine

The Royal Navy suffers setback in attempts at controlled explosion

High winds are hampering efforts to dispose of an unexploded German mine in the Solent.

The Second World War device was discovered yesterday in 24 metres of water by a Royal Navy minesweeper.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency issued Securite warnings after two attempts to conduct a controlled explosion failed.

Another attempt to destroy the mine will be made when the wind dies down.

A red/orange marker has been placed near the mine, which is located at 50 degrees 37.7 N 01 degrees 38.9 W.