Two Distress Flare Sightings Investigated

May 16, 2015

Sightings of distress flares late on Monday, May 11 and on the morning of Thursday, May 14 lead to an investigation, howver officials were unable to determine the source.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “On Monday 11 May at 10.24pm, Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received several calls from members of the public reporting a Distress Flare sighting in the vicinity of Hinsons island. One of the reporting sources was on a boat in Hamilton Harbour, and proceeded to investigate.

“The Duty Officer at BMOC tasked a Police Land Unit to investigate from shore-side. Following a thorough search of the area from land and water, nothing untoward was found and BMOC stood down the Police and the assisting vessel.

“On Thursday 14 May at 8.55am, Bermuda Radio received reports of a distress flare sighting in the vicinity of Tynes Bay North Shore. Bermuda Radio commenced VHF Urgency Calls to all vessels to be on the look out for any vessels in distress, or any further flare sightings.

“The Marine Police Vessel Heron 1 also proceeded to investigate. No further reports were received, and Heron 1 sighted nothing untoward in the vicinity of Tynes Bay North Shore. Bermuda Radio broadcasted to all vessels “stand down”, and no further action was taken.”

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