Aircraft mistaken for red flares?

Boats launched : Atlantic 85 and D-Class

Date : Friday 30 November

Launched at : 21:05

Returned at : 22:15

Weather : Very cold and clear with a bright moon. Wind NW F2.

Sightings of two red flares was passed to Solent Coastguard who asked for both boats to search the top of the harbour between the bridge onto Hayling and Emsworth.  All channels and boats on moorings were checked for anyone in distress from the Ship Inn to Emsworth marina.

Nothing was found. It is likely that, due to the cold and very clear night, aircraft lights could have been mistaken for flares. The lifeboat crew noted that aircraft were stacked up ready for landing at Gatwick airport and this mistake has happened in the past.  Both boats returned to the station and were made ready for further service.

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Service Numbers 2018

Total Launches: 14
Atlantic 85: 9
D-Class: 5

Services Totals

2015 - 67
2014 -77
2013 - 86
2012 - 77

Tide Times
Tide Times & Heights for Chichester Harbour (Entrance) on Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Low Tide: 05:43 ( 1.10m )
High Tide: 12:53 ( 4.50m )
Low Tide: 18:01 ( 1.30m )
High Tide: 00:54 ( 4.50m )
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