10, 2017 'Thoughtless'
firing of distress flare causes call-out of six rescue crews
lifeboats, a Coastguard helicopter and a team of Coastguards were
called out on Thursday evening (November 9th) after a red distress
flare was fired.
concern that someone was in distress at sea, Coastguards asked for
the launch of both Burnham RNLI's lifeboats plus two others from
Barry Dock and Penarth.
Coastguard helicopter also carried out a thorough search of the
water west of Stert Island using its spotlights and infra-red cameras.
Burnham Coastguard team also travelled along the coastline to Berrow
comes after several calls from around the Bristol Channel, including
Cardiff Airport, regarding the sighting of the distress flare.
several of Coastguard officers were on the seafront they made some
enquiries to see if anyone had spotted it.
got information that one of the BARB hovercraft team had also spotted
it and had filmed it on his camera phone," said a Coastguard
spokesperson, as pictured here on the right.
Station Officer was sent the video and while watching it he recognised
one of the distinctive buildings."
then set about using Google Street View to find the building, and
once he had established this he was then able to work out that the
flare had actually been fired inland."
time of the video was cross referenced by Milford Haven with their
reports and using the information we had given them managed to plot
the sightings they had seen and match them all together."
this had been done the search was able to be halted and all units
stood down. Thankfully there was no one in danger on this occasion
but this also means that this was a thoughtless use of a vital piece
of safety equipment."
flares are not fireworks and in this case led to the calling out
of four lifeboats, a helicopter and a Coastguard Team."
the information and the sharp local knowledge of our Station Officer
the search would've had to continue until daylight and possibly
do not misuse marine pyrotechnics, they are not for display purposes
and can result in valuable resources being diverted from other emergencies."
you are ever in danger or difficulty along the coast should Dial
999 and ask for the Coastguards."
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