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No New Year flares please - NSRI

2010-12-31 16:34

Cape Town - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Friday issued an urgent appeal to people not to set off red distress flares as they see in the new year.

Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said on Wednesday evening, an NSRI crew was called out after witness reports of red distress flares off Jeffries Bay.

An extensive search lasting until midnight, revealed no sign of any vessel or people in distress.

"NSRI are appealing to the public not to set off red distress flares unless they are in a dire life threatening emergency situation," Lambinon said.

"We are particularly also appealing to the public not to set off red distress flares on New Year's Eve.

"Where red distress flares are reported along the coast, the NSRI have no option but to launch sea rescue craft to investigate."

Lambinon also warned that a new moon spring tide would peak on January 4, causing stronger than normal rip-currents and extreme high and low tides.

Bathers and anglers should be cautious.