World War II Mine on Susak Discovered in Shallow Part of Island (VIDEO)

Daniela Rogulj

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Deep-sea explorer and collaborator Velimir Vrzić found another mine from the Second World War. This mine has been cocooned in the shallows of Susak Island for the last 80 years.

“It is most likely a German underwater mine left over from the Second World War. Namely, the German navy was poorly developed during the war, and due to the great indentation of the Adriatic coast, it was protected by minefields.

This mine is located on the north side of Susak Island, where one of the marked minefields was located, so it is probably one of them.

Whether it is a fishing boat that hooked the mine and dragged it into the shallows of the bay on Susak, or whether it prevented the possible landing of Allied ships on the island, will be determined by the investigation of incompetent institutions,” says Velimir Vrzić.

This is the fourth mine Vrzić has found in the last two years.

All three so far (one in front of Rijeka and two on Pag island) have been destroyed by ATJ Lučko special police officers from Zagreb.

Namely, around the holidays two years ago, Vrzić discovered a naval mine of extreme destructive power. Eight decades after the Second World War, the mine was found in Pećina, at a depth of 25 meters and only a few meters from the shore, near Villa Olga, which was once the command post of the German military forces.

Last year, Vrzić discovered two naval mines in one dive on Pag Island. 

“It’s true. I can confirm the finding. A few days ago, I received an inquiry from my friend Petar Smojver, who is one of the most famous Croatian sailors, who noticed a strange object in a small bay on the island of Pag. I was nearby, so I headed to the position and had something to see,” Vrzić told Morski then. 

“With an underwater scooter at a depth of 5 meters, I found a metal object that resembles the German naval mine model EMC in its shape and appearance,” said Vrzić then. 

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