RNLI warns about Chinese lanterns

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 December 2016

RNLI lifeguards have been busy again in 2011 on North Devon beaches. PIC: RNLI.

RNLI lifeguards have been busy again in 2011 on North Devon beaches. PIC: RNLI.

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Exmouth’s RNLI has warned people about using Chinese lanterns near the water after responding to emergency calls.

The lifeboat rescue team was joined by Teignmouth’s RNLI and coastguard as it responded to sightings of two flares at 10.40pm, on Thursday, December 15, near the M5 motorway bridge, Topsham, but was stood down after midnight.

An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “Please consider restricting use of Chinese lanterns near water as we treat every call-out as a cause to save lives.

“There’s a possibility that Chinese lanterns were the cause for alarm, given the description of the colour and time it took to fall to the ground.”

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