Bomb teams issue exclusion zone
Saturday 17th August 2013, 11:46AM BST.
An exclusion zone is being enforced tomorrow ahead of the detonation of a Second World War air-drop sea mine, discovered in Bluebell Wood. It will affect both harbour and airport movements.
The device will be transported by the bomb disposal teams to Fermain Bay. A warning will be sent out advising all vessels that a 0.5NM exclusion zone is in force from 9am. The area will centre on Fermain Bay and the message will be repeated regularly throughout the day.
Some changes have been made. The cruise ship Oceana is expected to arrive at 8pm but an alternative is to delay the arrival and keep her clear to the south. Condor Vitesse has the same expected arrival time in St Peter Port harbour. The intention now is for the arrival to be prior to the detonation, unless the vessel is delayed for any reason.
The exclusion zone will remain until the detonation has taken place.
Guernsey Police have issued a statement explaining the planned route from Bluebell Wood on to Fermain Road. As a precautionary measure they are advising property owners in the Fermain Road area to vacate their homes by 6am. Occupants on the other routes are asked to do so by 8am. It is anticipated all occupants will be able to return to their homes by 12 noon the same day.
A helpline has been set-up at police headquarters and will be available from 9am until 7pm today. The number is 719421.
Guernsey Airport will also have flying restrictions in place due to the exclusion zone of 300m around the area from 5.30am to 7.30pm, and one of 1,000m from approximately 7.30pm to 8pm, both laterally and vertically.
Deputy Airport Director Ashley Nicholas advised passengers on commercial flights to make early contact with their airline for advice, and those in the general aviation community planning travel to contact Flight Briefing at Air Traffic Control.