2012 Incident #69 29.12.12 2151UTC #5649

December 30, 2012

The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to investigate a ‘white light’ flashing 1.2km east of Charmouth. With the recent poor weather and the abundance of landslips, a concerned member of the public thought somebody may be in danger; especially as the torch did not appear to be moving and was irregularly flashing. The Coastguard IRT walked to the location and found a person looking for fossils. Well aware of the tides, the ‘target’ had on occasions sat down and waited to make sure the tide had dropped sufficiently enabling him to continue the along the beach. He was advised to stay well away from the bottom of the cliff as the risks associated with the cliffs and beach are greatly heightened when it is dark. The Coastguard have recorded this call as a ‘false alarm with good intent’.