Oban fish­er­men are quar­an­tined after catch­ing dis­carded bomb

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

FOUR men from an Oban fish­ing boat were quar­an­tined after a Sec­ond World War un­ex­ploded bomb was caught in their fish­ing net, writes Louise Glen.

It is un­der­stood a dis­carded shell picked up by the Star of An­nan OB50 det­o­nated its chemicals, caus­ing the men aboard ship to be­come ill.

The phos­pho­rus bomb burst into flames last Tues­day and shortly af­ter­wards the four crew mates felt un­well.

The chemicals and heat from the bomb aboard the 60ft ves­sel was so in­tense it turned metal white.

The boat docked in Oban and the four-man crew were driven to Lorn and Is­lands Hos­pi­tal.

It is un­der­stood the men were ad­mit­ted with chest and stom­ach pains and stream­ing eyes, and all were im­me­di­ately placed in iso­la­tion.

The men were treated in quar­an­tine be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to the high de­pen­dency unit in Oban.

All four re­mained in hos­pi­tal overnight, while two of the men were trans­ferred to the Royal Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal at Pais­ley the fol­low­ing day as a pre­cau­tion.

The fish­er­men were op­er­at­ing in the Beau­fort Dyke Trench be­tween Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land last Mon­day (Novem­ber 14).

Beau­fort Dyke is a deep sea trench which lies be­tween Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land, and was one of the sites around the UK coast used ex­ten­sively for un­wanted mu­ni­tions.

The trench is more than 50km long and 3.5km wide and is one of the largest dumps for small arms to high ex­plo­sives.

In 1995, large numbers of in­cen­di­ary de­vices were dis­cov­ered along the coast­line of the Firth of Clyde.

Re­search has shown fish and shell­fish from this area have not been con­tam­i­nated with pol­lu­tants such as phos­pho­rus or mus­tard gas.

Skip­per John Camp­bell said: ‘We are all fine and we are all back at sea.’

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