Plane crash false alarm sparks Cumbria coast search operation
Last updated at 20:12, Sunday, 24 February 2013
EMERGENCY services have just ended a search operation after a plane had reportedly crashed in the sea off the Furness Coast.
A group of golfers reported seeing a light aircraft in distress, flying over the Ulverston area this afternoon.
Cumbria police and crews from Walney Coastguard, Barrow RNLI inshore lifeboat, Ulverston Inshore Rescue and Bay Search and Rescue were deployed on a search mission.
But the teams were stood down shortly after 7.30pm, when a witness informed police that the light aircraft was in fact a microlight on a training mission.
First published at 19:54, Sunday, 24 February 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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It was certainly not a wasted operation! My wife and I saw the incident. It was a Plane and not a microlight, and gave every indication the craft was in difficulty.
You cant win in this situation, people would have soon been moaning if there had been an accident and it hadnt been reported as they were busy playing Golf. Pretty harsh calling them a bunch of idiots! lets hope you never need anything reporting if your in distress! Its best to be a false alarm than not to be reported at all. Fortunately there wasnt an issue in this case but one day it might be!
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