Smart GNSS receiver makes beaches safe

Septentrio’s smart receiver was used to help clear World War II landmines from Magouëro beach in Plouhinec, Brittany, France reported French regional newspaper Ouest-France last month.

The smart receiver was used in the initial site survey and to log positions of near 300 objects by the French Navy bomb disposal experts; the majority of which were scrap metal.

Adrien Le Formal, the Mayor the town was relieved that the French Navy had intervened. In a little over one year, there has been 30 shells discovered near Plouhinec on the north-west coast of France.

The mines were used by the German Army during World War II to protect the bunker of the Atlantic Wall and the nearby submarine base. Commander Jean-Charles Gérard who directed operations was satisfied with the operation: “Work is carried out systematically. The metal detector is first passed over the area in question. When the objects are found, we decide whether or not to destroy them. If so, we dig a hole in the beach with a shovel, we bury the ammunition, and then detonate it.”

Objects were first identified and either removed immediately or their locations were marked for removal at a later date. Cmr. Gérard is confident that this team will still have work for many years to come. Coastal erosion continues to transform the structure of the beach and little by little, small objects will continue to be discovered. For now, the beach is ready to welcome people for summer 2016. 

You can read the original articles (in French) from Ouest-France here: 

(Image: Ouest-France 2016)


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