Debris from U.S. rocket recovered off coast of southwest England

Debris from U.S. rocket recovered off coast of southwest England

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A piece of metal recovered from the sea off the Isles of Scilly in Britain is seen in this handout p …

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A piece of metal recovered from the sea off the Isles of Scilly in Britain is seen in this handout p …

LONDON (Reuters) – Debris from a U.S. rocket, most likely the doomed SpaceX Falcon 9, has been recovered near the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of southwest England, the UK coastguard has said on Friday.

It was covered in barnacles & was initially mistaken for a dead whale.

Britain's Maritime & Coastguard Agency said in a statement that a piece of metal alloy was recovered with the assist of a local boatman. It measured around 10 meters by 4 meters (13 feet).

p> Martin Leslie, coastal area commander, said: "The markings show an American flag. It looks like it's an American rocket & is similar to the unmanned Space X Falcon 9 which blew up shortly after take-off from Cape Canaveral in June."

Photographs showed the debris covered in what Joseph Thomas, the boatman, told the BBC were goose barnacles.

"There were lots of gulls on the water & I thought initially it was a dead whale & the birds were feeding off it," he said.

(Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Source: “Reuters”

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