Coastguard called over lantern

FIVE volunteers attached to the Coastguard Service in Waterville were called out in the early hours of Sunday morning to investigate a suspected flare in the night-time sky which eventually turned out to be a Chinese lantern.

At approximately 1am Officer In Charge Tony Donnelly received the call from Valentia Coastguard to investigate a call from a woman staying in the Derrynane Hotel who had spotted a red light in the sky near Derrynane.

"We were asked to investigate as it seemed to be from a genuine caller who was worried that there may be someone in trouble," Mr Donnelly stated, adding: "Following investigations in the area we eventually discovered that she had seen the light from Chinese lanterns which may have been lit by tourists in the area".

The local coastguard chief has warned people to get in touch with the coastguard, gardaí or relevant authorities before lighting lanterns.

"We don't want to spoil anyone's fun but we would like the message to go out there that people need to think before lighting lanterns."


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