RED FLARE SIGHTING OVER THE RIVER MEDINA PROMPTS LATE NIGHT SEARCH MISSION

A red flare sighting prompted a search and rescue mission involving Cowes RNLI and Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team late last night (Thursday).

A post on the Island Echo-owned Isle of Wight Breaking News Group, on Facebook, saw a member of the public report the sighting of a red flare in the vicinity of the River Medina, East Cowes. This was followed by another member posting a photograph of the flare illuminating the night sky, backing up the report.

HM Coastguard was alerted to the situation having been made aware of the post within the group and tasked resources to search the River Medina at around 23:00.

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Volunteers aboard Cowes Lifeboat searched up and down the river, whilst land-based Coastguard Rescue Officers conducted searches of the banks of the Medina between East Cowes and Newport.

It has been confirmed that the incident is being treated as a false alarm with good intent, with no vessels or persons found to be in distress.

Members of the public are urged to contact the Coastguard on 999 immediately following any sightings of flares.

If you or someone else is in difficulty on the coast or at sea, or if you spot what you think may be unexploded ordnance, then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Further safety information can be found at https://coastguardsafety.campaign.gov.uk/.

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Bert
Bert
1 month ago

Could it have been the one from Emmerdale last night

Superman
Superman
1 month ago

It’s good to know that people have the sense to put it on facebook. Fingers crossed when they see my house on fire, social media will be the first to know! You never know, emergency services might be monitoring.

Hope Springs
Hope Springs
Reply to  Superman
1 month ago

Not sure that “sense” and “Facebook” belong in the same sentence.

Nomorethoughtpolice
Nomorethoughtpolice
1 month ago

It is close to November 5th…

Lady Dunstanding
Lady Dunstanding
1 month ago

Probably someone from London who found out our shops close at five….

 

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