Don’t panic: Flares tonight just a Marine Rescue exercise

DON'T panic if you see a bright light above the water at Lighthouse Beach tonight (Friday). 

Flares will light up the night sky but it's not a ship sinking or boaties in trouble. 

Marine Rescue Port Macquarie will set off a number of flares at 8.30pm. 

The organisation’s spokesman Geoff Shelton said Marine Rescue receive many calls throughout the year from people who believe they have seen a flare and most times is a false alarm.

"At exactly 8.30 two parachute red flares and then two hand held red flares will be ignited to show everyone what they look like," he said. 

The demonstration will be a part of Marine Rescue's 19th annual Boating Safety and Information night at the Tacking Point Surf Club tonight. 

Guest speakers will be on hand and Simrad Australia will provide updates on boating rules and marine electronics. 

Interesting footage will be aired which shoes an octopus catching and eating a shark, a white pointer circling a local boat off Point Plomer and some other unusual fishing techniques. 

The evening is an information and social night open to anybody with an interest in boating, there is no charge for entry and light refreshments will be provided and beer and wines will be available for sale. The night will kick off at 7.30pm.

In other marine Rescue news … Marine Rescue Port Macquarie will be holding its nineteenth annual Boating Safety and Information night at Tacking Point Surf Club tonight commencing at 7.30 pm. 

The night has been completely re-vamped with a new presentation format, over $600 in give a-ways to PM members in attendance and a free drink voucher on entry. 

Guest speakers from the NSW Maritime Authority and Simrad Australia will provide updates on boating rules and marine electronics. 

There will also be some unusual footage including an octopus catching and eating a shark, a white pointer shark circling a local boat off Point Plommer and some 'interesting' fishing techniques. 

Marine Rescue spokesman Geoff Shelton said 'A highlight of the evening will be a flare demonstration from Rescue 30 which will be positioned one nautical mile off the Surf Club.

At exactly 8.30pm two parachute red flares and then two hand held red flares will be ignited to show everyone present what they look like. 

Marine Rescue receives many calls from the public reporting seeing a flare which on the majority of occasions turns out to be a false alarm. 

This demonstration will enable people to see a 'real' flare and we encourage everyone in the lighthouse beach area to keep a good eye out on the night' The PM night is a chance for the Marine Rescue to share with boating enthusiasts the services that are provided by the group. 

The evening is an information and social night open to anybody with an interest in boating, there is no charge for entry and light refreshments will be provided and beer and wines will be available for sale. 

So, if you would like to increase your boating knowledge, learn about the new regulations, view the large screen or just mix with fellow boaters then you are more than welcome.

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