Report of red distress flares near Balbriggan – 22nd October 2011

At 19:03 this evening, the Skerries Coast Guard team were tasked to investigate reports of multiple red parachute distress flares deployed North of Balbriggan. Concerned members of the public had contacted the Irish Coast Guard’s control centre to report sighting the orange/red parachute flares.

The Skerries team were immediately despatched to the scene and observed a number of flares in the area North of Balbriggan, near the Gormonston army training camp. It emerged that the army were engaged in exercises in the area and these involved the deployment of illuminating flares. No further action was required and the team returned to base.

Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty or even if you only think that someone could be in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.

Incident # 24 of 2011

Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard