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Police: Search Continues For US Mines

Police: Search Continues For US Mines
Police and Navy divers in a recent shot inspecting the MK6 mines off the coast of Dawasamu, Tailevu. Photo: Police Media Cell
June 18
10:27 2017

In a week’s time Police will be able to determine if there are more active World War II American MK 6 mines submerged off the Dawasamu coast.

However, Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said so far they have not found any after the first successful controlled demolition of a mine conducted last week by the Fijian Navy.

The World War II American mines were found on the seabed off the Nataleira coast in Tailevu North.

Following the demolition an assessment was done where the Fijian Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team recovered the debris of the exploded mine.

“Our team has managed to retrieve the important parts of the Mines that was successfully exploded,” he said.

The debris of the mine was analysed and they pose no other threat. The team has also noted the normalisation of the environment and the marine life in the area.

Commissioner Qiliho said they have at least two weeks to continue diving but this would depend on the weather “We are on track with that and we got another week to go to clear the remaining areas and look at what else is there that will need further analysis and action of the EOD capability of the Navy,” he said.

“But at the moment we have not located any other mines but just the boxes of those exploded.”

He said Police continued to work together with the Navy experts. He also assured that a good number of resources was deployed there for a successful operation.

“We are pushing hard for that so that we can round up this operation,” he said.

“And we will be able to determine that all after next week when we are confident that we have cleared the whole area.”

In the meantime, the commissioner is advising people who use the area to bear with them as they work to ensure that the area was safe for civilians.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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