Torpedo Discovered Near Opatija Given to Rijeka City Museum

Lauren Simmonds

A torpedo which has been lying on the Adriatic’s seabed near Opatija since the Second World War finds a new home thanks to the efforts of its finder and the local police.

A few days ago, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar police received two reports of the discovery of explosives left behind from the Second World War, which were found in local forested areas and during a dive in the sea in the Cres archipelago.

These bombs were taken by local police officers from the explosion detachment division of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar Police Department and will be disposed of properly in strict accordance with the rules of the profession according to a report from Morski.

The police have extended their thanks to the conscientious people who found these explosives for the report and on this occasion have appealed to all other citizens not to touch any explosives they might come across, but instead to immediately call the police on the number 192.

The police also urge citizens who still hold unregistered weapons or explosive devices to voluntarily surrender them to the police as part of the implementation of the “Less weapons – less tragedy” campaign without fear of sanctions. Neither misdemeanor nor criminal proceedings will be instituted against persons who voluntarily surrender the said weapon(s) or any other explosive devices they have in their possession.

The police would also like to thank and ask citizens not to dispose of explosives or weapons anywhere, such as in forests, seas, lakes, rivers or landfills due to the risk of their activation. They also ask that people don’t bring any of these dangerous items themselves to police stations, but to call the police in order for experts to come and safely remove any explosives. Following a call, police officers in civilian vehicles and clothing will come and deal with the items.

As Morski writes on the 22nd of October, 2019, Opatija police received a report Monday from a citizen who spotted a torpedo-like object in the sea in the wider Opatija area.

In addition to the staff of the Opatija police, others who are competent in assessing and handling such potentially delicate situations were also quickly dispatched to the scene.

The find was determined to be a torpedo air tank, albeit without a warhead, and there is thankfully no possibility of its unwanted activation. The torpedo was recovered and removed from the sea and transported to Rijeka, from which the torpedo draws its roots. It is being housed at the Rijeka City Museum, where it is likely to stay.

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