Fisherman Hooks Live Missile

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    BBC NEWS | Americas | US fisherman hooks live missile


    US fisherman hooks live missile

    Rodney Soloman: 'I had it for ten days on my boat'

    A commercial fisherman in Florida had a lucky escape after netting an unusual catch - a live air-to-air missile.

    Long-line fishing boat captain Rodney Solomon reeled in the missile in the Gulf of Mexico, about 50 miles (80km) off Panama City in Florida.

    Finding a hole in the missile, Mr Solomon assumed it had gone off. He kept it as a souvenir and went on fishing for more than a week.

    He said it was "a fright" to discover that "any time it could have exploded".

    The local fire chief, Derryl O'Neal, told the BBC that Mr Solomon had reported the find on his return from his trip.

    Rodney Solomon with a more usual catch (image courtesy local news station WTSP)
    Mr Solomon admitted the experience "was kind of a fright"

    "He actually came to the fire station and told us he had caught a Tomahawk missile, but it turned out not to be - it was an air-to-air guided missile" known as a Sidewinder, Mr O'Neal said.

    Mr O'Neal's staff quickly secured the area around the missile and told people to leave.

    "We were very worried - and even more when the air force confirmed to us that it was live," he said.

    But the missile was safely dismantled.

    The area in which the missile was discovered is in or near a zone used by defence forces for testing.

    'Nothing scares us!'

    "Occasionally this does happen - I remember a missile was discovered some 15 or 16 years ago," Mr O'Neal said.

    The missile, in images taken by Mr Solomon (image courtesy WTSP)
    Mr Solomon strapped the missile to his boat, wanting to keep it as a souvenir (images courtesy WTSP news)

    "But really it's a rare event and we're not concerned that it will happen again any time soon."

    Local fishermen are being advised not to bring in any similar discovery, but to alert authorities to its exact location.

    Mr Solomon says fishermen are used to being in danger and are usually unflappable.

    "We're fishermen, nothing scares us!", he told local news organisation WTSP.

    But this experience "was kind of a fright".

    He said: "It was like, 'wow man, you all took a big chance bringing in this missile. You had it on your boat for 10 days and any time it could have exploded on you'."
     
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    #2 Aaron Brooks Wolters, Jun 9, 2009
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    W O W !!!!:shocked!: I'm sorry but if I hauled something like that in I would be very,very leary of it.:crazy:
     
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    Holy crap, and I thought I had problems when I snagged a snake!
     
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    That's out of the ordinary. Wonder if the fisherman had to change his pants after.
     
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    ..hooked a frikkin Sidewinder, and lashed it to his boat. Brilliant. Simply brilliant.
     
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    Was yours a Sidewinder too VB? :)
     
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    I've always been of the mind that if you aren't sure, or can't confirm it is inert, always assume it is live, or loaded. It's worked so far.
     
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    Guess that fisherman doesn't believe in erring on the side of caution!

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    10 days on the boat!

    You would think that any change in the environment for the missile would make it more unstable:

    change in atmospheres from being raised
    drying out
    movement..
     
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    God looks out for fools, drunks, little children and travelers.

    It just wasn't his time to go. "BOOM"


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    As someone who has handled quite a mix of live ordinance at various times of my enlistment, I can say with extreme certainty and utter contempt that this guy is a fu*kin moron who deserved to have it explode and sink him and his vessel....

    People die almost every hour of every day from unexploded ordinance... What a meatball....
     
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    He is ridiculously lucky not to have that explode on him. As Dan says an absolute meatball, sure he will appear in the Darwin Awards at some point the rate he is going.
     
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    Just anther Florida dumbarse
     
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    lol I just got that!
     
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    Haha only in America! :D
     
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    I saw someone else had posted this video in another section.
     
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