HM Coastguard appeal for further information after distress beacon alert detected

MCC in the National Coastguard Operations Centre (Fareham)
HM Coastguard is appealing for further information after an EPIRB distress alert was detected in the Eyemouth area in Scotland earlier this morning.

The distress alert was initially detected just before 6am today (26 November) by the Mission Control Centre (MCC) in the National Coastguard Operations Centre (NMOC) in Fareham. 

The EPIRB alert indicated the vessel was in the Eyemouth area.  Eyemouth RNLI Lifeboats, St Abbs Independent Lifeboat, along with Coastguard SAR Helicopter from Prestwick and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Eyemouth and Berwick were sent to the area. 

After an extensive and thorough search was carried out in the area and no further alerts were detected, all teams were stood down at around 11am with nothing found and no evidence of anyone in distress or difficulties.

HM Coastguard is now appealing to vessel owners in the Eyemouth area to get into contact with them directly to report any accidental activations this morning.

HM Coastguard Duty Controller Angus MacIver said:  We are appealing to vessel owners in that area to come forward if they accidentally triggered a beacon this morning.  We can assure them that they're not in any trouble - we just want to be assured that nobody was in distress in that area.

'This is also an opportunity to remind people that if they own an EPIRB or a PLB they should register it with the UK Beacon Registry so that the Coastguard has enough information about you and your vessel in an emergency.  Ultimately, this will help us identity who requires our assistance.’

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