Craster RNLI paged to multi-agency call after distress flares sighted
The volunteer crew were paged by Humber coastguard at 11:09pm on 21 May 2019 along with RNLI Amble Lifeboat and Howick Coastguard Rescue Team to a report of red flares off Rumbling Kern, Howick.
The coastguard team conducted a shoreline search and liaised with the first informant who told them that four red flares had been seen between Rumbling Kern and The Bathing House. The two lifeboats conducted a search of the sea in this area and found a yacht with all lights extinguished anchored up.
The lifeboat crew spoke to the occupant of the yacht who said they hadn’t set off any flares. No other vessel was in the area at the time.
The first informant did exactly the right thing by calling 999 and asking for Coastguard.
Remember, in an emergency at sea or on the coast, or if you think someone may be in difficulty, ALWAYS call the COASTGUARD by dialling 999.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.