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Debris found off the Isles of Scilly is 'out of this world'

The debris was spotted off the Isles of Scilly yesterday afternoon Credit: MCA

A piece of metal recovered from the sea off the Isles of Scilly looks to be debris from an American space rocket.

The metal – a large section of alloy about 10 metres by 4 metres, was spotted on the surface between Bryher and Tresco.

The American flag on the debris is a major clue Credit: MCA

The find was reported to the UK Coastguard yesterday afternoon, 26 November, which immediately issued a warning to shipping in the area.

The debris was recovered with the help of a local boatman, before being towed into New Grimsby. It is currently securely held on the beach at Tresco.

The markings show an American flag. It looks like it’s an American rocket and seems most likely to be the unmanned Space X Falcon 9 which blew up shortly after take-off from Cape Canaveral in June. We’re grateful for all those who helped in its recovery – it was a great example of the community working together.

– Martin Leslie, MCA

The pictures tell the story - although what led up to the discovery remains to be revealed.

Credit: Lydia Birch
Credit: Rob Featherstone
Credit: Rob Featherstone
Credit: Pete Hicks
Credit: Pete Hicks