Friday night launch for Brighton RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Brighton Lifeboat launched yesterday (Friday 27 August) just before 9.20pm due to multiple 999 reports of a red flare seen close to Brighton Marina entrance.

Image of red flare

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Image of red flare

The volunteer crew – as well as members of Newhaven and Shoreham Coastguard teams – found no one in distress in the area.

It was established that flares had been fired from the shore and any persons had left the area.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Cohen said: 'At least twelve volunteers had their Friday night disrupted due to this reckless act.

'Flares are a means of calling for help at sea and there will always be a response to reports.'

The crew returned to their Marina station at 10.30pm.

It is important to remember marine distress flares are NOT fireworks, and if used incorrectly can be extremely dangerous.

If you see a red flare along the coast, or at sea, you should always dial ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard.

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