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Monday
Dec052011

Navy Training Mine Washes Ashore in Miami

File photo/ Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Beachgoers on Miami Beach got a scare Monday when they discovered what looked like a Navy mine that had washed ashore.

That’s exactly what it was, an inert Navy training mine known as an MK-57 that had likely separated from its anchor offshore. The four- to five-foot-long devices are painted white with red stripes, which Dougherty says identifies them as training devices.

“There were no explosive components on the device,” said Bill Dougherty, a spokesman for the Navy’s Southeast region.

Dougherty credited beachgoers with doing the right thing in taking precautions around the device.

“We give people the message that when they find something like that on the beach, step away from it,” said Dougherty.  “Contact the police and they’ll contact us, and we’ll send our experts to check it out and take appropriate action.”

Miami Beach Fire and Rescue evacuated the beach around 56 Street and Collins Avenue until investigators could determine whether the device posed a safety hazard.

Dougherty said that once the device was identified as an inert training mine, a Navy team arrived to take it to a Navy facility in Fort Lauderdale.

According to Dougherty, Florida has various offshore training areas that are used to help Navy personnel identify mines in the water. He says it’s unclear how the mine ended up on the beach. "We don’t really know how it broke loose.”

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