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St Davids RNLI respond to flares seen in Whitesands Bay

Lifeboats News Release

St Davids RNLI volunteer crew launched at 7.05pm, on Saturday (7 November) to search for two flares spotted in Whitesands Bay.

RNLI/Ellen Evans

The crew launched the all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley after being requested by Milford Haven Coastguard to search north of Ramsey Sound to St Davids Head.

During the search the crew spoke to two sets of fisherman who had not witnessed anything and as nothing was found the crew returned to station and were ready for service at 8.10pm.

Coastguard search and rescue teams were also on scene undertaking shore searches.

A station volunteer said: 'This was considered a false alarm with good intent. It is possible they were fireworks considering the time of year. If you are setting off fireworks near the coast please inform the Coastguard in advance.

#If you are in danger on the coast or see anyone else in danger please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'


RNLI/Ellen Evans

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