3 improvised explosives believed to be meant for dynamite fishing recovered in waters off a Mactan Island resort

By: Alven Marie A. Timtim September 21,2019 - 08:33 PM

Three improvised explosives are recovered in the waters off Maribago Bluewater Resort on Mactan Island by volunteer scuba divers during the coastal and ocean clean-up drive initiated by the resort on Sept. 21, 2019. |Photo courtesy of Erik Monsanto

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Scuba divers who volunteered in the coastal and ocean clean-up drive organized by Maribago Bluewater Resort on Mactan Island found three homemade explosives during the activity held on Saturday morning, September 21.

Erik Monsanto, the resort’s marketing and communication manager, said Maribago Bluewater Resort led the activity in line with celebration of the International Coastal Clean-up Day, which advocates for love and protection of the ocean.

During the clean-up that started at around 9 a.m., Monsanto said a group of divers found the improvised explosives, which are often used for dynamite fishing, with the blasting caps still intact, in the waters off the resort.

The explosives were found some 20 feet from the surface, he said.

Monsanto said this was not the first time that they found the same type of explosive during an ocean and coastal clean-up drive in the waters fronting the resort./elb

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