Protection of Military Remains Act 1986

The Military Remains Act effects divers who may find themselves on a wreck which is designated by the act, whether they know it or not. This reproduction of the Act is for information to all divers for their own protection. A diver has just been fined for removing a porthole from a wreck that had been designated – Diver fined. Wrecks are being watched.  

Protection of Military Remains Act 19861986 CHAPTER 35An Act to secure the protection from unauthorised interference of the remains of military aircraft and vessels that have crashed, sunk or been stranded and of associated human remains; and for connected purposes.- [8th July 1986]

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

The Act is in 10 sections on the Government website :-

  1. Application of Act
  2. Offences in relation to remains and prohibited operations
  3. Extraterritorial jurisdiction
  4. Licences to carry out prohibited works, operations etc.
  5. Supplemental provision with respect to licence applications
  6. Powers of boarding by authorised persons
  7. Supplemental provisions with respect to offences
  8. Administrative expenses
  9. Interpretation
  10. Short title, commencement and extent.

The full act is available in it's original format as a .pdf – Original Document.