Chinese lantern off Exmouth prompts coastguard call

PUBLISHED: 12:12 18 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:38 10 June 2010

A CHINESE lantern spotted floating across the sky off Exmouth beach on Monday night prompted a 999 call to the coastguard.

A CHINESE lantern spotted floating across the sky off Exmouth beach on Monday night prompted a 999 call to the coastguard.

A holidaymaker staying at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park reported the light, believing it to be an orange distress flare drifting across the sky.

A spokesperson for Portland coastguard said the call was a false alarm with good intent: "The description that the first informant gave indicated that what she was seeing was a Chinese lantern.

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