Better safe than sorry

Bude Coastguard had a couple of callouts yesterday according to their Facebook page:

First, they were paged at 13:04  following a tasking by the Coastguard Operations Centre in Falmouth to search for a missing 5-year-old boy last seen on Northcott Beach.

Upon mustering at the station, information was received from the CGOC that the boy had been located, and the team were duly stood down.

Secondly, the team was paged at 19:38, tasked to Widemouth Bay to investigate the report of a possible whale in difficulty off Salthouse. On meeting with the first-informant it quickly became obvious that the ‘whale’ in question was actually a well-known rock, known locally as Camel Rock. With the very calm and high spring tide, the silhouette of the rock did, indeed, resemble a large floating object.

The team would much rather be called to a false alarm with good intent than not be called to a real emergency, so please don’t hesitate to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you have the slightest inkling that something might be wrong or that someone may be in danger.


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