During the 2023 season, employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations recovered more than 6,000 ammunition from the bottom of the Sevastopol Gilzovaya Bay
Off the coast of Sevastopol, in the waters of Gilzovaya Bay, the next season of work by the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has completed. From the end of May to the beginning of November, its waters were cleared of the formidable legacy of the Great Patriotic War. During this time, 6,093 explosive objects were neutralized: artillery shells, mortar mines, hand grenades, German and Soviet-made fuses.
To search for such an impressive arsenal, they made over 600 dives and spent more than 1,000 hours under water. More than 3 hectares of the seabed were surveyed. Behind these figures lies the painstaking work of divers who manually examined the bottom meter by meter, using specialized tools and soil-washing equipment, – the press service quotes Colonel of the Internal Service, Head of the Specialized Detachment of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia for the city of Sevastopol Nikolai Tiselsky.
The finale of the events was impressive: three large artillery shells and three WWII era aerial bombs found at the bottom of the bay were destroyed right in the water. The mass of one of the bombs was 50 kilograms, the other two were 100 kilograms each. The operation was loud and spectacular, but as usual, in compliance with all safety measures.
In addition, on the final day of the season, 1,003 explosive objects were lifted from the water and taken to the test site, where they were destroyed through a controlled detonation.
Let us remember that during the Great Patriotic War there were fierce battles in Gilzovaya Bay and on the nearby coast. The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia has been conducting work to clear ammunition from its waters for the third year in a row. Over the entire period, we managed to recover and eliminate more than 12,400 dangerous finds. However, storms expose more and more explosive objects at the bottom. A new diving season is planned in these waters in 2024.
source: press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia in Sevastopol