Red distress flares in Cape Town a mystery - NSRI

2016-01-12 09:26
(NSRI website)

(NSRI website)

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Cape Town - A search and rescue mission was launched after distress flares were seen off-shore between Kommetjie and Scarborough in Cape Town at the weekend, however no one had been found at sea, the National Sea Rescue Institute said.

The search started just after 23:30 on Sunday night, following credible eyewitness reports of three red distress flares fired in succession approximately six minutes apart, spokesperson Craig Lambinon said in a statement. 

"Strongly suspecting a vessel and crew to be in distress at sea an extensive sea and shore search continued until 04:00 on Monday morning, but despite the extensive search no sign of any persons in distress was found and a search operation was suspended."

While the situation was being monitored, the Kommetjie NSRI helped fight a mountain fire in Scarborough. 

"With no reports of any persons missing or overdue, the origin of the red distress flares and the purpose of their activation at sea remains a mystery." 

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