Mystery light sparks Seaton rescue alert

08:19 13 August 2014

The area west of Seaton where mystery lights sparked a rescue alert. Photo by Chris Carson

The area west of Seaton where mystery lights sparked a rescue alert. Photo by Chris Carson

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Emergency services scrambled after fears that people might be trapped by the tide

A fisherman sparked a rescue alert off Seaton last night (Tuesday, August 12).

Coastguards were scrambled and the Sidmouth lifeboat launched a member of the public called police to report a flashing light on the shoreline west of the resort.

There was concern that this may be a person cut off by the exceptionally high tide.

Sidmouth Lifeboat put to sea and Beer Coastguard Rescue Officers met with the first informant on scene. Eventually, a local fisherman was located who confirmed that he had been using a light in that area.

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