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Polish Navy divers recovered a bomb from Lake Kierskie

Last Monday, 13 December, the Miner Divers Group of the 12th minesweeper Squadron excavated a bomb from Lake Kierskie. A diver found a dangerous remnant in the waters of Lake Kierskie at a depth of about 5 metres. The unexploded ordnance was located about 40 metres from the shoreline, near the village of Chyby. Therefore,
Published: December 14, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 23:45
Polish Navy divers recovered a bomb from Lake Kierskie

Last Monday, 13 December, the Miner Divers Group of the 12th minesweeper Squadron excavated a bomb from Lake Kierskie.

A diver found a dangerous remnant in the waters of Lake Kierskie at a depth of about 5 metres. The unexploded ordnance was located about 40 metres from the shoreline, near the village of Chyby. Therefore, the man marked the spot and informed the appropriate services about the dangerous find.

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GNK at work in Lake Kierskie
Specialists from Świnoujście arrived on the scene Fot. Mikołaj Kamieński, GNM 12.dTR

A GNM from the 12 dTR of the 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla specialized in similar situations. The divers from Świnoujście first carried out a preliminary reconnaissance in the waters of the lake. Then, on the basis of the collected information, they established that the unexploded bomb lying at the bottom of the lake was a German SD 70 aerial bomb from World War II.

Mineral diver from 8 FOW
The mine divers also checked the surrounding area Photo Mikołaj Kamieński, GNM 12.dTR

We carried out three dives, so the operation lasted over four hours. We checked all the parameters: the state of the armament, the technical condition, the area around the object. On Monday we will pick up the bomb and hand it over to a local sapper patrol for neutralisation said on Sunday Ensign Michal Jodloski, commander of the 41st GNM demining team from the 8th FOW in Świnoujście .

Specialists stated that the bomb found was in a very good state of preservation. Darts were found right next to the unexploded bomb. According to the military, this fact proves that since the bomb had fallen into the lake, no one had moved it. Divers from the GNM also checked the immediate area to ensure that this was the only dangerous object nearby.

Diver-miners from the 12th minesweeper Squadron (8th Coastal Defence Flotilla) during today’s action of extracting a dangerous object from the bottom of Lake Kierskie.

????GNM 12.dTR

Posted by Navy of Poland on Monday, December 13, 2021

Miner divers from Świnoujście picked up the unexploded ordnance using an excavation pontoon. Then, they handed the bomb over from Lake Kierskie to the local bomb squad. As it was the sappers who neutralised the unexploded ordnance on the firing range in Biedrusko.

Soldiers from the sapper patrol
The excavated bomb was taken over by a sapper patrol Fot. Mikołaj Kamieński, GNM 12.dTR
What to do in a similar situation?

As always on similar occasions, we recommend reading the the following article. On the pages of our magazine, Sebastian Łepkowski explains how to behave in a similar situation. Thanks to this reading you will learn what to do and what to avoid so that nothing happens to anyone.

Photo: Mikołaj Kamieński/GNM 12.dTR


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 text “Bomb”, which appeared in the second issue of our the DIVERS24 quarterly magazine! The digital version of the magazine is available free of charge, while the printed version can be purchased in our online shop.

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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