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Second ‘flare’ sighting over the Island

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Police and the Bermuda Marine Operations Centre (BMC) investigated a another flare sighting last night, but were unable to find any evidence of a vessel in distress.

According to a spokesman for the BMC, just before 10pm yesterday a member of the public in the Rural Hill, Paget area reported a distress flare sighting in the direction of Blackwatch Pass.

“Though the colour was not described as consistent with a marine distress flare, Bermuda Radio made broadcasts requesting any vessels in need of assistance to contact Bermuda Radio in relation to the possibility of a flare launch,” the spokesman said. “Also, a police land unit was requested to make observations in the area but reported nothing unusual.

“There were no RADAR contacts observed consistent with the sighting and no other sightings reported nor vessels reported in difficulty or overdue. It was concluded that what was observed may have been atmospheric.”

The incident mirrored one which occurred earlier this week.

On Sunday night, BMC and police responded to reports of a suspected flare between Church Bay and The Great Sound. After an investigation, they determined the sighting was “possibly something atmospheric in nature”.