sighting prompts Burnham
Coastguards were called out late on Friday (June 18th) to conduct
a torch-lit search of the town's beach amid concerns that a sighting
of a red light in the sky may have been a distress flare.
team of five Burnham Coastguards searched a large area of the
beach and estuary around the low lighthouse at 11.10pm after two
walkers raised the alarm.
also used two search flares to illuminate the whole area, as pictured
below, but found no trace of anything untoward.
Coastguard Officer Ian Jefferies told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Two
members of the public who were walking their dog near the low
lighthouse reported seeing the lights and did the right thing
in contacting Coastguards."
"Despite a thorough search, nothing was found. We think that
lights on the other side of the channel may have been mistaken
for the flares. This was a well-intended call-out that turned
out to be a false alarm."
photo shows Burnham Coastguards using a search flare to illuminate
the beach around the town's low lighthouse on Friday night