Three fishers killed by WWII bomb

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7 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch fishing vessel Maarten Jacob OD-1 returned to IJmuiden port on Wednesday night after three of the crew died in a freak bomb blast.

7 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch fishing vessel Maarten Jacob OD-1 returned to IJmuiden port on Wednesday night after three of the crew died in a freak bomb blast.

There were six people aboard when the vessel's nets scooped up an explosive device. The force of the explosion threw two of the crew overboard.

They were pulled from the water, but they and another crew member died of their wounds, the coastguard said.

The incident took place at about 100km off the coast from IJmuiden and the coastguard received the first notification of the incident at 3.20pm on Wednesday.

Rescue helicopters, a naval vessel, a lifeboat and other ships rushed to the scene. The Maarten Jacob ship was found to be seaworthy and was able to return to port under its own power by Wednesday night.

The fishing boat is from Ouddorp in the south of the Netherlands. The surviving crew members were met by family members and Mayor Ger van de Velde-de Wilde of Goedereede.

Ouddorp is in the Goedereede administrative region. Van de Velde-de Wilde said at least some of the crew came from Ouddorp and the tight community would be hard hit by the tragedy.

She also told Radio 1 on Thursday that the family of the victims needed to be left alone to determine funeral and other such arrangements and that the council was prepared to lend assistance if requested.

The coast guard said fishing boats regularly pull up bombs and explosive devices from World War II but they seldom explode. The device in this case has been described as being slightly bigger than a hand grenade. There were reports by Thursday afternoon that it came from a American plane.

[Copyright Expatica + Novum Nieuws 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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