Divers of the Icelandic Coast Guard discovered the tail of a missile in lake Kleifarvatn on Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland yesterday. The divers were called out after the Coast Guard was notified of a strange object in the lake.
Kleifarvatn. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
Explosives experts made sure the object did not pose any threat before the divers brought the missile tail to shore. It is probably from the make MK 82, which is in use today, Fréttabladid reports.
It is not known how the missile tail, which weighs 450 kilos, ended up in the lake but one of the theories is that the American military, which used have a base at Keflavík nearby, may have used the object for diving practice.
Kleifarvatn sets the scene for Icelandic suspense writer Arnaldur Indridason’s The Draining Lake. The lake began draining after an earthquake in 2000 and in Indridason’s novel, a long-lost body is discovered in the lake as a consequence.
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