Instead of what he thought was a very large fish, a Florida fisherman netted a live and very unstable air-to-air guided missile that was floating in the Gulf of Mexico, police said.
According to the bomb squad that dismantled it, the heavily corroded missile could have exploded at any moment, but it was kept onboard the “Bold Venture” boat by commercial fisherman Rodney Salomon for 10 days before he returned it to port.
Saloman, 37, from Saint Petersburg, Florida was long-line fishing 80km out in the Gulf from Panama City when he “caught” what was clearly a military ordnance, said the Pinellas County sheriff’s office.
He waited well over a week to return to the Madeira Beach dock, where he notified authorities. The missile was dismantled within hours by bomb specialists at a nearby military base.
The experts said the missile was corroded by its apparent extended stay in saltwater. According to the bomb team “it was live and in a very unstable state,” police said.
Salomon asked the bomb squad if he could keep the missile after it was made safe, but his request was given short shrift.(AFP)
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