Chinese lanterns spark search for red flares off Skegness

Sunday 29 August 2010

Author: Russell Matthews

The Skegness RNLI all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was called out following reports of red flares sighted off Chapel St Leonards earlier tonight (Saturday).

The lifeboat launched just after 9:30pm and was tasked by Yarmouth Coastguard to search an area north of the Dowsing wind farm, two to eight miles off the coast.

With numerous Chinese lanterns visible in the night sky, it is thought one may have been mistaken for a red flare.

The search was stood down with nothing found at approximately 11:30pm and the lifeboat washed down ready for service at 00:45am on Sunday morning.

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