Continue We want you to get the most out of using this website, which is why we and our partners use cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to receive these cookies. You can find out more about how we use cookies here.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Subscriptions  |  evouchers  |  Jobs  |  Property  |  Motors  |  Travel  |  Dating  |  Family Notices

Coastguard appeal after explosive flares found on Cumbrian beach

Whitehaven Coastguard were called out after explosives were found on a beach in west Cumbria.

Flare photo
One of the flares

A two-man patrol was sent out to the scene, at Sea Mill Lane, St Bees, at about 9am yesterday.

They were confirmed to be Time Expired Pyrotechnics (TEP) flares – SOS flares which had passed the time limit for safe use. They were made safe and removed from the scene.

These particular items were para flares, used in parachutes. They can eject up to a height of 1,000ft and burn brightly for around 40 seconds.

The unused flares were discovered by a member of the public while out walking the beach area between St Bees and Sea Mill Lane.

Whitehaven Coastguard have reminded anyone who discovers suspicious items while out on the coast to keep a safe distance, make a note of its exact location, then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

A spokesman added: “To ensure safety of the public, we urge all users of pyrotechnics to ensure they dispose TEPs appropriately. The time it takes for us to make these items safe, as well as onward transport to a suitable location is time we are unavailable for other taskings.”

The flares were then transported by road to the Liverpool Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre for safe storage and onward disposal.


News & Star What's On search


Will the Union Cairn make a difference to the 'No' vote campaign?

Yes, it's an effective way of getting across the fact Scotland and England should stay united

No, people have already made their mind up which way they are going to vote

No. It may backfire because some Scots will say it is the English interfering in their referendum

Show Result

Hot jobs
Scan for our iPhone and Android apps
Search for: