A coalition of U.S., Canadian and other allied navy divers recently took part in Operation Open Spirit, during which they searched for unexploded mines from World Wars I and II in waters off the Lithuanian coast.

Last May, the divers found and disposed of several old German mines and torpedoes in waters less than 5 nautical miles/9.26 kilometers from Klaipeda Harbor.

Each year the operation shifts between the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Canadian divers found one mine, which they exploded via remote detonation.

Canadian Petty Officer Second Class Clearance Diver Evan Beaton told the Global News:

“The mines are packed with high explosives and the whole point of them was to take down a whole ship in WWI and WWII, so to have a diver in the vicinity would be catastrophic if it went off.”

Check out the Global News story for more information on the operation.

SOURCEThe Scuba News
John Liang

John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

2 COMMENTS

    • Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for your note. I originally learned of the story on Scuba News, which is why we have Scuba News as the “Source” link at the bottom of the article (it’s just above the “Tags” button).

      However, the Global Post story (May 27) is dated four months before the Scuba News one (September 21).

      Thanks again for reading! — John

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