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Press Notice No: Duty 9
Monday, April 13, 2009
Posted 22:56 GMT

BEFORE YOU LAUNCH YOUR CHINESE LANTERNS AT THE COAST PLEASE TELL THE COASTGUARD

Coastguards are asking people to call them if they are launching Chinese lanterns along the coast at dusk following a spate of false alarms that has led to teams being sent out unnecessarily.

We have received a dozen or so reports recently of red flares that have turned out to be Chinese lanterns being let off along the coast, says Solent Coastguard Watch Manager Colin Griffiths.

Please could we ask you to contact us on 023 9255 2100 if you are taking Chinese lanterns to the beach at dusk. We do experience this problem with firework displays too and have been successful in encouraging organisers to inform us of their intentions, so that we know the likely source of red flare sightings.


Posted By: Joanne Groenenberg

For further details contact:
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Press Office
023 8032 9401

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