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Exploding television recovered from sea

What happened?

One morning the crew of a workboat noticed an old television set floating in the sea near their work area.  They decided to take it on-board in order to prevent it from potentially causing damage to a passing yacht or fishing boat.

Just before they were going to land it, the television set exploded violently, destroying its case and sending shards of glass all over the aft deck.  The crew were fortunate indeed; had their timing been different the TV set could have exploded in their hands on deck.  Fortunately, in this incident, both crew members were still in the wheelhouse and fully protected.

The television set was covered in weeds and shells, indicating that it had been in the water for some time.

What actions were taken?

Ensure that you are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and treat objects recovered from the sea with extreme caution.

Members may wish to refer to:

Safety Event

Published: 17 December 2019
Download: IMCA SF 30/19

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