Falmouth's emergency services spent more than two hours searching yesterday evening after emergency flares were let off - apparently for no good reason.

Both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats from Falmouth were launched at 8.25pm to join Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team, after multiple sightings were reported of a red flare in the Truro area.

A coastguard spokesperson said: "After an initial search in the Malpas area, speaking to witnesses, it appeared that the flares had been fired from the St Clements or possibly the Truro Rugby Club areas.

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"A further search was carried out from Tresillian back towards Truro.

"With nothing found, all units were stood down at around 10.45pm."

The spokesperson went on to warn: "It goes without saying that distress flares are for emergencies only.

"It's an offence to fire a flare on land and you could be prosecuted if found to have done so."

It came a day after Falmouth's coastguards and lifeboat were called to a report of a dinghy in trouble at Pendennis Point on Saturday evening.

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At the weekend HM Coastguard revealed that it had dealt with more than 300 incidents during Friday alone – the most in one day for more than four years.

The total number of incidents for the whole of the UK were 329, with 232 callouts for coastguard rescue teams.

Lifeboats – both RNLI and independent - were called out 129 times, aircraft were sent out 22 times and hovercraft three times.

There was a high number of incidents involving people cut off by the tide and reports of missing children, as well as swimmers and paddleboarders getting into difficulty.

  • If you see anyone in trouble on the coast dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.