A red flare was seen east of Blackpool Sands and reported to Coastguard UK. They tasked the Dartmouth SAR Coastguard team who carried out a land based search for a vessel in trouble in the area. The CG team sighted an unidentified object off Blackpool Sands and the Dart RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to investigate. The lifeboat crew were directed to the object which turned out to be a buoy with two fenders secured to the seabed. The crew carried out an inshore search from Blackpool sands to the east and west and a return search further offshore. Nothing was found and the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
An alert from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Remember, remember...maritime flares are not fireworks and they can look the same at the coast.
Flares should only ever be used in distress situations and not for fun, so please don't be tempted to use them as fireworks as they can easily be mistaken as an emergency at or near the coast.
If we receive an alert when a flare has been launched, we'll always respond and won't know the difference if you are using them as fireworks. This will tie up resources when it is not necessary and potentially divert us from a legitimate emergency when every second counts.