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Skerries RNLI respond to reports of distress flares

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Skerries RNLI respond to reports of distress flares
Skerries RNLI responded on Monday evening (22 May) after Dublin Coast Guard received reports that members of the public had seen flares off Balbriggan harbour. Skerries RNLI volunteers launched the lifeboat shortly after 9.30pm with Emma Wilson at the Helm and crewed by Stephen Crowley, Joe May and JP Tanner. The lifeboat made it’s way to Balbriggan harbour where they spoke to a number of sailing and fishing boats in the immediate area prior to conducting a search. Several of the vessels reported sighting a red distress flare but indicated that it may have come from the shore. As the lifeboat, Skerries Coast Guard Unit and Coast Guard Helicopter R116 were about to begin a search, another flare was sighted. It was confirmed by the lifeboat crew and by Skerries Coast Guard to have been fired from land. Skerries RNLI and R116 were both stood down and returned to base.Photo: RNLI/Gerry Canning
Posted on May 23, 2017