South Africa 6.1.2017 07:43 am

False alarm, public warned not to set off flares – NSRI

Police divers and NSRI volunteers search for two boys who drowned in Richards Bay, kwaZulu-Natal. Photo: Zululand Observer.

Police divers and NSRI volunteers search for two boys who drowned in Richards Bay, kwaZulu-Natal. Photo: Zululand Observer.

Klopper said it is illegal to set off flares without reason and punishable by law.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Friday warned against setting off flares after a duty crew responded to a false alarm in Kommetjie, Western Cape.

“NSRI are urging the public not to set of flares without reason,” said Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander in a statement.

He was responding to a false alarm on Wednesday night.

“NSRI Kommetjie duty crew, while on routine training off-shore of Kommetjie, diverted sea rescue craft to investigate reports of distress flares sighted by eye-witnesses approximately 3 nautical miles off-shore of Kommetjie,” said Klopper.

“Despite an extensive search no sign of any vessel, craft or persons were found in distress and the flare activation remains a mystery.”

Klopper said it is illegal to set off flares without reason and punishable by law.

 

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