Explosives experts have been called in after a suspected sea mine was picked up by a fishing vessel off the The Needles.

The incident happened just after 8am today (Saturday) when the fishing vessel reported catching the seven foot long ordnance in its nets about a mile off Needles.

HM Coastguard called in the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team who headed out to the scene.

Warning broadcasts were issued to vessels in the area and Needles Coastguard Rescue Team went to the area for reasons of public safety.

Duty controller Piers Stanbury said:

“From what we can tell from the pictures and the information from the EOD, this is most likely an old German wartime sea mine.”

The mine is due to be destroyed by the EOD team who are on site