[Updated] The police issued a notice this evening [Aug 12] saying there is an “object” in Bermuda’s waters, and although it is not believed to be dangerous, it should only be handled by experts and under no circumstances should anyone attempt to handle it.
The police said they are making contact with US authorities to “obtain a full understanding of the object.”
Police spokesman Dwayne Caines said: “At approximately 1:10pm today [Sunday] Bermuda Radio and the Bermuda Police Service received a call from a mariner who reported seeing a suspicious floating object in Bermuda’s territorial waters.
“Bermuda Police Service is making contact with US authorities to obtain a full understanding of the object and to ascertain if they can assist with its recovery.
“This object is not believed to be dangerous however it should only be handled by experts. If anyone should come into contact with this object, simply record the GPS co-ordinates and report to Harbour Radio immediately.
“It should be important to note: under no circumstance should anyone attempt to handle this object,” concluded Mr Caines.
Update 10.13pm: Speaking with Harbour Radio, they said they received a call this afternoon describing the sighting of an “unknown object” in the Challenger Banks area.
The “object” was described as cylindrical in shape, approximately 6 feet long and around 10 inches in diameter. Harbour Radio said both the Bermuda Police and U.S. Coast Guard were informed. They also repeated what the police said, asking mariners to report any sightings of the “object” to Harbour Radio.
Update 2.07am: The “object” has been determined to be a scientific glider used to collect marine data which was recently deployed by scientists from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences [BIOS].
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