Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Unexplodeds of Cherbourg

Better late than never, we guess:

A huge mission to clear the waters off Normandy of mines from the last two World Wars began Tuesday, French authorities said.

...."This operation is designed to search, find, identify and destroy all historic mines in order to improve the safety of this navigation," French maritime police spokesman Yann Bizien said.

"Fishermen still often find old mines when they haul in their trawler nets."

Barely 15 percent of the mines laid in the sea during World Wars I and II have been destroyed, officials said.

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