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    Estonian mine clearance divers to search for bombs in Lake Karujarv

    TALLINN, Feb 12, BNS - Mine clearance divers from the Estonian Navy and the Rescue Board will search for explosives and rehearse solving of potential emergencies in and around Lake Karujarv on Saaremaa island later this week.

    Divers of the Navy on Monday proceeded from the naval base in Tallinn to Karujarv to set up infrastructure supporting a diving camp on the icebound lake, military spokespeople said. Eight mine clearance divers of the Navy will take part in the exercise and the search for explosive devices during the week. They will be joined by three divers from the explosive ordnance disposal center of the Rescue Board.

    "We conduct ice camp exercises every winter because divers of the Navy must be ready to respond in every situation regardless of weather conditions," said the head of the Navy's diver group, 1st Lt. Priit Kaasikmae. "Winter diving is critical for planning and charting of potential risks, as a piece of equipment that freezes, for instance, may put the life and health of a mine clearance diver at risk," he said.

    The Karujarv recreational area now popular with holidaymakers used to be a training ground for the Soviet air force in the years of Soviet rule.

    Since 2009, some 50 explosive devices have been removed from Karujarv by divers of the Navy and the Rescue Board.

    The special equipment of mine clearance divers is non-magnetic and low acoustic, enabling to descend to a depth of up to 55 meters.

    Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8814,

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 12.02.2018 15:16
    • LETA, BNS
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