An unexploded anti-ship mine from the Second World War, which was recently discovered in the harbor on Rijeka, was removed and towed towards the open sea, where it was neutralized at 1:15 p.m.
In the morning, the mine was moved from the port to a location where it was later neutralized, with the help of divers from the special police unit, announced the headquarters of the Rijeka Civil Protection, which coordinated the operation in cooperation with the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Police Department and other services. . The campaign went according to plan.
For security reasons, movement in the so-called red zone in the city center was prohibited during the campaign. The ban was lifted shortly before 2 p.m.
The center of Reka was completely empty today. Some people are also expected to spend the night in the Youth Hall, where the authorities have prepared beds for around 500 people who had to leave the so-called red zone. Only a few of them spent the night there, as most of them found refuge with relatives and friends, reports the Croatian news agency Hina.
The area near the port of Rijeka was closed to all road, rail, air and sea traffic, and all the commercial facilities there were also closed. The headquarters of the Rijeka civil defense did not reveal the exact location of the mine for the safety of the residents, but announced that it is partially buried in the seabed.
Due to its characteristics and location, it could not be destroyed in the place where it was found, so it was deactivated in another place in the Gulf of Rhenish.
The Croatian army also took part in the operation, using drones to control the road and sea routes determined by the Croatian Ministry of the Interior.