Passengers hit as minehunters unearth bomb
HUNDREDS of ferry and rail passengers were stranded today (Tuesday) after the Royal Navy found a huge Second World War bomb in the River Mersey.
The 1,000lb German device was unearthed during route survey work last night by the Portsmouth-based minehunters HMS Atherstone and HMS Walney.
A 200m exclusion zone was thrown around the scene off Birkenhead as navy bomb disposal divers from Faslane prepared to carry out a controlled explosion.
Lieutenant Commander Richard Pethybridge, Atherstone's captain, said: 'Of all the mines planted on the seabed during World War Two, only 25 per cent have ever been discovered.'
CheefTiff said:Damn things kept going "tits up" at the most inconvenient moments and we were trying to find out why.