Distress call ends up false alarm

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A search effort which included the Canadian Coast Guard and RCMP proved to be a false alarm over the weekend in Triton.

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Springdale RCMP say they got a call after 9:30pm on Saturday night to provide assitance to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.

According to a release, Police say the Centre received reports from a vessel in the waters off Triton that multiple flares were seen in the Jim's Cove area and it was believed another vessel could be in distress.

RCMP were dispatched to the scene along with a Search and Rescue Cormorant helicopter and a coast guard vessel to help in the search efforts. The release went on to say that susequent searches byt he Coast Guard failed to locate a vessel in distress or needing assitance, proving the situation to be a false alarm.

Constable Nick Clarke with Springdale RCMP says they're reminding the public about the hazards and danges created by unnecessarily discharging flares. It potentially places the rescue teams at risk, and uses up resources that end up being a substantial expense to taxpayers, he said.

Organizations: Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, RCMP, Coast Guard

Geographic location: Triton, Cove

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