General view of the Needles rocks and lighthouse at the western tip of the Isle of Wight 180519 Credit PA Images
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WWII German Sea Mine Caught In Solent Fishing Net Detonated

Bomb disposal experts from the Royal Navy were called in to detonate the device.

General view of the Needles rocks and lighthouse at the western tip of the Isle of Wight 180519 Credit PA Images

The Needles rocks and lighthouse at the western tip of the Isle of Wight (Picture: PA).

A suspected German wartime bomb, which was caught in a fishing net off the coast of the Isle of Wight has been detonated.

It was found to contain 2,000lb of explosives, the Ministry of Defence said.

A fishing vessel reported picking up the seven-foot-long sea mine about a mile from the Needles at around 8am on Saturday, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.

Bomb disposal experts from the Royal Navy's Portsmouth base were called in to detonate the device, while warnings were issued to ships and public in the area.

Divers placed the mine back on the sea bed and detonated the device.

MCA duty controller Piers Stanbury said: "From what we can tell from the pictures and the information from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, this is most likely an old German wartime sea mine."