Urgent appeal after emergency signal sparks Coastguard search in Cornwall

Lifeboat at sea
'Untraceable' emergency signal sparks Coastguard rescue in Cornwall -Credit:Penlee Lifeboat

An emergency signal was made today (Wednesday, May 8), sparking a huge response from the Coastguard in Cornwall. Falmouth Coastguard has now issued an urgent plea for information after the unregistered emergency signal was activated at around 1pm.

The signal is untraceable and has left emergency services unsure if the signal was accidental or genuine. Lifeboats have been searching the coast between Newquay and Falmouth to try and locate any vessel in distress.

The public have been urged to come forward if they have any information about the emergency distress beacon (EPIRB). The identification number of the signal is HEX ID 9D0E1D1A3000001.

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Senior Maritime Operations Officer at HM Coastguard Falmouth, Margaret Howell, said: "We're making an urgent appeal to find the owner of a beacon so if you know anyone who may have set one off in Cornwall, please contact us.

"Emergency crews are out searching and we would really like any information we can to help us in our search."

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