Bridlington Coastguard called out to flare which had been set off during NHS applause

Reports of a distress flare set off in Flamborough which sparked a call out to the coastguard last night turned out to be part of applause for the NHS.

By Sarah Fitton
Friday, 3rd April 2020, 10:34 am
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2020, 12:27 pm
Coastguard stock picture.

Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter were deployed after the red flare was seen at around 8pm.

A thorough search of the area was carried out before it was established that the flare had been set off as part of the "clap for the NHS" celebrations.

A spokesperson for the coastguard said: "Whilst we wholeheartedly support our colleagues in the NHS, members of the public are advised that the misuse of distress flares is a serious criminal offence."

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