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DDAS, 1998, Bosnia Herzegovina, vegetation removal
The accident report did not give details of what happened in the incident, but from other documents (including the statement of the victim's partner who was not available to be interviewed by the investigators during their site visit) it seems that the deminers started work at 06:10 and at 06:40 the victim took over clearance. The exchange of duty took place close to the accident site, possibly because the marking system was inadequate and the victim's partner had to explain where he had finished work. The metal contamination along the verge caused by litter was such that the deminers found it impossible to use their Guartel MD8 detectors, so they were clearing by prodding. The victim's partner began to walk "slowly" away. When he was about twelve metres away the mine went off. When he had last seen his partner, he had been wearing his full protective kit.