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Submarine Returned to Royal Navy
Date: Friday, September 30, 2005 @ 13:31:26 EDT

A yellow submarine reeled in by island fishermen more than three months ago has been collected by the Royal Navy - along with a specially-bottled case of whisky to mark the occasion. HMS Blythe arrived at Islay off the west coast of Scotland to retrieve its remotely-operated vehicle (ROV). The 10ft (3m)-long craft, which weighs 0.84 tons (850kg) and is used to detect mines, had become a major tourist attraction on the island.

To commemorate the event, a local distillery has produced 12,000 bottles of Yellow Submarine whisky and presented a case to the captain of the minesweeper. The unmanned submarine was found by John Baker when he was fishing for lobsters in May, floating about three miles from the Mull of Oa. The vessel was kept on display in the garden of his brother-in-law Harold Hastie, who helped him bring it to dry land.

September 23, 2005

Marine Technology Reporter

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