Navy investigates mystery object at Augusta

To be investigated: This object washed up to shore in Augusta and was captured in a photo by a local before disappearing again.
To be investigated: This object washed up to shore in Augusta and was captured in a photo by a local before disappearing again.

AN object initially believed to be a bomb was reported found at an Augusta beach last week.

Augusta Police told the Mail it is believed the object is not explosive, however this could not be confirmed at this stage as it disappeared again before authorities could investigate.

The Navy was contacted and searched for the object near the Blackwood River on Thursday, with help from Augusta Volunteer Rescue Search and police, but could not locate it.

Augusta Police received a photo from a local volunteer that showed a long, mottled-looking device washed up to shore.

Sergeant Rik Lok said it is difficult to determine the size of the object from the photo.

“The Navy has a few ideas about what it could be,” Sergeant Lok said.

“It might be something that tows behind navy boats and picks mines up.”

“But we have no idea.

“All we’ve got is a photo.”

Sergeant Lok said this was the second time the photographer had seen the object in past weeks.

A spokesperson from the Navy told the Mail they hoped to determine more about the object before commenting to the public.

If the device is sighted again people should report it immediately to Augusta Police, 9758 3900, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

To be investigated: This object washed up to shore in Augusta and was captured in a photo by a local before disappearing again.

To be investigated: This object washed up to shore in Augusta and was captured in a photo by a local before disappearing again.