Seabed Cleanup in Split Leads to Discovery of Three Hand Grenades

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski/Kristina Odzak writes on the 11th of November, 2019, an underwater cleanup which took place in Split has uncovered not only rubbish which needs to be removed and disposed of in the proper manner, but some rather unusual finds, too…

Beach and sea cleanups happen up and down the Croatian coast, typically during the pre and post seasons, with the occasional handful of them taking place at the height of summer, too, with many foreign tourists often offering a helping hand. These actions are environmentally fuelled, and the aim is to keep the glorious Croatian Adriatic sea clean, but from time to time, some unexpected finds pop up among the trash.

On Sunday, November the 10th, 2019, an ecological action was held in front of the Zenta nightclub as part of the project MY SEA (MOJE MORE).

The action was attended by about 100 people, including about forty divers (REK Hvidr, PIK Sailor, Split’s public fire department and ERK Periska Ploče) as well as about fifty volunteers from OCEANUS, Rotaract Novi Split, CroMSIC Split and the Split Youth Club.

Despite the rain and wind which battered that part of the central Dalmatian coastline, 800 kilograms of garbage was recovered from the sea, and three hand grenades, often referred to as kinder eggs, were found and the police were notified. The situation was then dealt with professionally by deminers.

Other than explosives, most of the collected items were glass bottles, cans, various car tyres, but also a lot of “interesting” items like walking sticks, turntables, radios, and even water heaters.

The poor weather conditions didn’t stop even locals who were passing by, who stopped to look in amazement watching all this waste be dragged from the sea, and some of them even joined the volunteers in sorting.

This particular environmental action was made possible by the Student Union of the University of Split, Split-Dalmatia County, Čistoća Split, and both the county and city tourist boards.

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