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Seahouses lifeboat called to reports of flares and people calling for help

Lifeboats News Release

At 11:51am on Monday 15 August 2022 UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses all-weather lifeboat, following several reports from the public of people calling for help, and two flares fired in the fog at Beadnell Bay.

Seahouses Lifeboat RNLB John and Elizabeth Allan

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses Lifeboat RNLB John and Elizabeth Allan
The all-weather Shannon class lifeboat, which is equipped with radar, was launched and began a search of Beadnell Bay, while Coastguard Rescue Teams conducted a shoreline search.

Craster inshore lifeboat also joined the search, but nothing was found. There was suggestion that fireworks had been set off.

Seahouses RNLI Press Officer Ian Clayton added: 'It is always a concern when a search produces no results. If fireworks had been let off, people need to carefully consider that at the coast they can be mistaken for distress flares, which can spark an emergency services response, as happened today. At this time, we believe this incident was a false alarm with good intent.'

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