Exe flare sighting prompts coastguard alert

PUBLISHED: 14:08 04 June 2010 | UPDATED: 13:28 10 June 2010

Two 999 calls were on Thursday afternoon made by members of the public, reporting a smoke flare close to the entrance to the River Exe.

Two 999 calls were on Thursday afternoon made by members of the public, reporting a smoke flare close to the entrance to the River Exe. Portland coastguards already been informed the flare had been accidently activated by a local fishing vessel.

A Portland coastguard spokesperson said: "The vessel had to wait for the flare to extinguish before it could be recovered.

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