A false alarm call after flares were sighted

Launch No: 275
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Location: Search from Noss Marina to Cornworthy beach. River Dart
Photo: John Fenton

Orange flares were sighted upriver of the Noss Marina and the Coastguard requested the inshore lifeboat to investigate. After searching in difficult conditions it was established that the flares had been let off by Royal Marine Commandos during an exercise. The Commandos had informed the Falmouth Coastguard but the message had not reached the Solent Coastguard who responded to the reported sighting.

Time

Request Received 9:50pm
Time to recovery 1 hour, 4 minutes
Back on Service 11:10pm

Conditions

Sea/River State River Choppy 0.6m waves. Visibility poor in rain s
Wind Direction Northwest
Wind Strength 13-24 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Stuart Millard

Shore Crew

Mark Conroy (Tractor Driver)
Dean Nettleton
Jamie Mathys
Katy Locke

Station address

RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station
Coronation Park
North Embankment
Dartmouth
Devon TQ6 9RR

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