The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI lifeboat were called out last night (Friday 10th April 2015) to reports of a red flare spotted over Rossnowlagh in County Donegal.
Following a call to Malin Head Coast Guard, the crew were paged just after 9pm and launched a short time later under cover of darkness. Making their way to Rossnowlagh they arrived just before 9.30pm and commenced a search of the area near Smugglers Creek. They were also joined by the Sligo based Rescue 118 helicopter.
The search continued for approximately one hour before both crews were stood down and returned to base having found nothing.
Speaking on their return to the lifeboat station volunteer helm Elliot Kearns said “we would class this a call with good intent and the member of the public who made the call was exactly right to call the Coast Guard. We would always rather be called to something that somebody was unsure about rather than a life be lost.
“We would always advise anyone however who may be setting off Chinese lanterns or lighting fires near the coast to call the Coast Guard in advance to advise them. Of course if you see anyone in trouble at the coast please dial 999 or 112 immediately.”