Bomb squad called out to private Cornish beach

The bomb squad had to be called out to a private Cornish beach after asuspicious object was discovered in the sand.

The large rusty bomb-like object had been uncovered by the tide and volunteer coastguard rescue officers from Mevagissey, together withthe Royal Navy Explosive Ordance Department, descended on VaultBeach at Gorran Haven near St Austell.

Vault Beach is near Gorran Haven. Credit: Google maps

What looked like an old unexploded bomb was, in fact, a gas cylinder.

A member of the public first raised the alarm on Sunday 10 May but the two disposal teams had to return the next day because the secluded beach had once again become submerged by the tide.

The coastguard and navy bomb squad arrive on the scene.

We’ve seen this cylinder many times before but the tide had moved it. This is an isolated private beach and removing the incredibly heavy item... is the responsibility of the beach owner. The cylinder was marked with coastguard tape, in an effort to prevent further calls.

Mevagissey Coastguard

The coastguard spokesman praised the member of the public for raisingthe alarm and reminded people not to touch a suspected bomb but to call 999 and request the coastguard.