October 27, 2023 – A coordinated effort led by the Rijeka Regional Anti-Explosion Unit will unfold, involving various law enforcement agencies, including the Split Special and Intervention Police Unit, the Pula Intervention Unit, the maritime police, and several other organizational units under the Istrian Police Administration. Their mission: to locate, extract, and safely dispose of a World War II-era anti-ship mine, also known as a torpedo, nestled beneath the waves in the port of Pula. The Pula WWII mine extraction operation is scheduled for this Sunday, October 29.
This historical relic poses a latent threat, resting at a depth of approximately six meters beneath the waters. To ensure its safe removal and subsequent disposal in an appropriate location, the police will enact stringent safety measures to safeguard the well-being of both citizens and their property, as reported by Poslovni. As per the information from Glas Istre, meticulous planning and precautionary steps are imperative in handling this delicate operation.
Safety Measures in Place
For public safety, the port area in Pula, as well as Valelunga, will be temporarily off-limits. Access from both the sea and land sides will be prohibited from around 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Additionally, citizens will be restricted from Marler, which will be cordoned off from 8 a.m. until the operation’s conclusion in the afternoon. The precise duration of the mine extraction and disposal operation hinges on variables such as weather conditions at sea and the work’s pace.
The police urge the community to cooperate by refraining from entering the designated security zones that will be established by law enforcement personnel. Citizens are implored to follow the directives of the officers diligently, as these instructions are designed to ensure their safety and that of everyone involved in this intricate removal operation. It is essential that the community respects these regulations, as safety is paramount during this endeavour.