Mine found floating off Florida coast

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A large, round mine found floating a mile off Dania Beach, Fla., last Thursday prompted the Coast Guard to close the beach and surrounding waters, authorities said.

It all began around noon when a passing boater reported seeing what appeared to be a mine bobbing in the ocean waters about one mile offshore. Later in the day, the Coast Guard confirmed the object was indeed a mine.

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Luckily, the following day, the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Six Detachment, Mayport, Fla., determined the cylindrical mine to be a training device and not a threat to surrounding areas.

Coast Guard crews from Station Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Coast Guard cutter Dolphin enforced a safety zone Thursday while crewmen from Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Six Detachment, Mayport investigated the cylindrical mine.

The mine was be removed and towed to Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale.