Thursday, 16 May 2024
-- Advertisement --
Liberty Club Level3 Divers24

59-year-old diver dies while trying to retrieve WWII bomb from water

On Friday, October 1, a 59-year-old diver died while trying to retrieve a World War II-era explosive device from the water. The tragedy occurred in Austria’s Lake Ossiacher See. German-language media reported that the victim was a 59-year-old German man who was diving in Austria’s Lake Ossiacher See. The diver died as a result of
Published: October 7, 2021 - 14:46
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 23:22
59-year-old diver dies while trying to retrieve WWII bomb from water

On Friday, October 1, a 59-year-old diver died while trying to retrieve a World War II-era explosive device from the water. The tragedy occurred in Austria’s Lake Ossiacher See.


German-language media reported that the victim was a 59-year-old German man who was diving in Austria’s Lake Ossiacher See. The diver died as a result of an explosion while on shore handling an object he had fished out. According to available information, the diver was looking for WWII remains in the area.

-- Advertisement --

The man came to Steindorf together with a 43-year-old companion. The two men had rented a cottage in the town, from where they went diving in the nearby Ossiacher See lake. The target of their search was objects from the Second World War. It was the injured man’s friend who alerted the emergency services.

The tragedy occurred on Friday, October 1, at around 11 a.m. As the police investigation found, it was then that a 59-year-old German man tampered with object fished out of the water. From the information available, it appears that it may have been a type of grenade. A second man came running after hearing the explosion and immediately called for help.

The case was immediately dealt with by the relevant services, which secured the area. while police in Saxony, where the victim had come from, searched the victim’s flat. Police officers found more dangerous objects on the spot. Among them, officers secured, among other things, hand grenades, various types of ammunition and parts for pistols and rifles.

Dangerous lake waters

According to experts, Lake Ossiacher See, which is currently very popular with divers, is full of unexploded ordnance from World War II. Undoubtedly, these are German remnants, but also British ones, which both armies were to sink at the bottom of the reservoir. Experts also believe that many bombs fell into the lake during the air raids.

It is worth pointing out that in Austria last year alone services of the austrian army responsible for bomb disposal secured 26 tonnes of objects from the First and Second World Wars.


Polish lakes are also full of dangerous objects from the Second World War. What to do when you come across one of them? How to behave? You can find out in Sebastian Łepkowski’s article, which appeared in the second issue of our DIVERS24 quarterly! The digital version of the magazine is available free of charge, while the printed version can be purchased in our online shop.

Other posts
Share:
Facebook
Telegram
LinkedIn
Twitter
Pinterest
WhatsApp

About author

Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
-- Advertisement --
freediving dive insurance dan
-- Advertisement --
Level3 Club CCR Divers24
Recent post
Żibel Studio – The NGO with the Solution for the recycling of Ocean Plastics
Shearwater Peregrine TX: The Ultimate Diving Companion
Baltictech 2024: Dive into Inspiration - Tickets Now on Sale!
Adriatic Depths: Cultivating Sustainable Tourism through Underwater Heritage
Jared Hires: A Tragic Loss in the Depths of Plura Cave
WRECKS4ALL: Unveiling the Southern Adriatic's Underwater Heritage
Opal Mine Unsolved Mystery of Solomon Goldschmidt's Hidden Treasure
You haven't read yet
Lungfish Orca v6 Rebreather Achieves CE Certification
Shearwater Peregrine TX: The Ultimate Diving Companion
Raid HYPOXIC TRIMIX OC course to 100 metres
Sintzi Cave Exploration: Polish Divers' Double Success in Greece
Baltictech 2024: Dive into Inspiration - Tickets Now on Sale!
Adriatic Depths: Cultivating Sustainable Tourism through Underwater Heritage

Search...

The Divers24 portal is currently the largest online medium treating diving in Poland. Since 2010 we have been providing interesting and important information from Poland and around the world on all forms of diving and related activities.

Contact us: info@divers24.com