Flares or fireworks??

Boats launched : D-Class and Atlantic 85

Date : Sunday 9 November

Launched at : 19:30

Returned at : 21:00

Weather : Calm but dark with a NE F2 wind.

Red flares were reported by a fishing boat entering Chichester Harbour and several members of the public. They were reported as being at  the top of the Thorney Channel. Both lifeboats were launched with the Atlantic going to search up Thorney Channel and the D-Class searching up Emsworth Channel. Although the weather was clear and a bright moon came out it rpoved necessary for the Atlantic crew to let off two white parachute flares to search the shallower water to the east side of Thorney Channel. The Coastguard helicopter joined the search covering both channels and the East Head area but nothing was found found by any of the rescuers.

With many bonfires and fireworks being let off to the north of both channels it was decided that these had been mistaken for red flares, unless of course they had been red flares used as part of a private bonfire party??


Service Numbers 2019

Total Launches: 84
Atlantic 85: 42
D-Class: 42

Services Totals

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

Tide Times
Tide Times & Heights for Chichester Harbour (Entrance) on Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Low Tide: 03:40 ( 1.40m )
High Tide: 11:29 ( 4.50m )
Low Tide: 16:03 ( 1.40m )
High Tide: 23:40 ( 4.40m )
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