Mystery lights spark rescue alert at Lyme Regis

Flashing warning beacon mistaken for seafarer’s call for help

MYSTERY lights sparked a coastguard alert at Lyme Regis at around 9pm on Friday night.

A member of the public called 999 to report what they thought was someone trying to send a morse code message from out at sea.

But rescue officers quickly established that the light seen was that of a south cardinal mark, used to warn shipping of hazardous areas. No further action taken.

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