Is it a goose? Is it a submarine? ‘Warlike’ craft is in fact Water Gardens clear-up machine

Underwater vessel deployed to clear up the bottom of the Water Gardens
Underwater vessel deployed to clear up the bottom of the Water Gardens
  • Watercraft has caused concerns after being spotted beneath the surface of the Water Gardens
  • Vessel is in fact remotely-operated magnetic machine designed to collect coins
  • Around £700 in loose change so far collected will be put towards landmark’s renovation works

An underwater vessel resembling a submarine has been spotted in Hemel Hempstead heritage site the Water Gardens.

The warlike craft is not, however, part of any military attack on the town, but the latest stage of the landmark’s renovation works.

The unusual phenomenon caused onlookers to stop and watch

The unusual phenomenon caused onlookers to stop and watch

According to contractors working to restore the site to its former Geoffrey Jellicoe-designed glory, the boat is fitted with specialist magnetic strips which can pick up the pennies and coins thrown over the Gardens’ bridges by children making wishes.

The floor of the gardens must be completely cleared in order to lay fresh silt along the bottom of the lake areas.

Canada geese which populate the area are being evacuated to complete the work, which is expected to take two to three days.

It is estimated around £700 in loose change has already been collected by the small, remotely operated submarine.

All funds collected will be put towards the improvement scheme.

Updated 12 noon: APRIL FOOL!