Bude Coast Guard Rescue Alert After Phosphorus Flares Discovered


A North Cornwall Coast Guard team has issued a warning about military flares on Cornish beaches.

The Bude Coast Guard Rescue Team sent the warning Tuesday August 10 after being called in and dealt with two separate incidents in 24 hours involving military-grade flares.

One of the flares found was marked “US Navy” and such equipment is typically used for search and rescue operations or to cordon off areas.

The warning, which was posted on the Bude Coast Guard Rescue Team’s social media page, said: “The Bude Coast Guard Rescue Team has been called for the second time today. at 4:49 p.m. and was again tasked with investigating a report by Sandymouth rescuers of a second phosphorus flare submarine washed up on the beach and discovered by a member of the public who then handed it over to lifeguards .

“Understanding the serious danger posed by the object, rescuers placed the light flare near the nearby cliff and created a security cordon.

“Once the rescue team was there, the footage was transmitted again to Falmouth who in turn forwarded them to the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, which immediately turned away. another less critical task to deal with the phosphorus eruption at Sandymouth.

“Once there, and with the beach clear and a perimeter secured by members of the rescue team, the Royal Navy managed to detonate the device.

One of the devices found and processed by the Bude Coast Guard Rescue Team and the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit. Photo: Bude Coast Guard Rescue Team

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“Once the green light was given, the beach was immediately reopened.

“Please note that this is the second of two reports and subsequent controlled explosions of underwater phosphorus flares that were discovered in the Bude area within 24 hours.

“A security message will follow, please see our page for details.

“If you see an object on the beach that you think could be an abandoned marine flare or some form of pyrotechnic or artillery device, please DO NOT touch or attempt to move it – please note its position and dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard. ”

The Coast Guard team followed up on the initial warning with instructions to the public on what to do if they encountered any suspicious pyrotechnics, saying: please try to note its position, then dial 999 and ask for the coast guard, or notify the beach lifeguards.

“DO NOT touch or attempt to move the device yourself.

“Please keep children a safe distance from the device and keep your dogs on a leash.

“Please warn anyone in the immediate vicinity of the device to keep a safe distance.”


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