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Sea rescue... at the scrapyard!

A SCRAPYARD is an unlikely venue for a sea rescue... so why were the Coastguard at King Brothers in Stranraer? A signal was received from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon – boats carry them and they automatically start broadcasting if they go into the water to alert and guide in rescue services. Coastguard teams responded quickly, checking out vessels at Stranraer harbour, pictured. When it was clear no one was in immediate danger, it was thought that the beacon might have ended up in a skip at King Bros after refurbishment work on a vessel. With full cooperation from King Bros staff, a search was made there to see if the beeping beacon was headed for recycling... In the end the Coastguard stood down, nothing having been found. But they say the incident serves as a reminder to all boat owners that they should take care to dispose of old or unwanted EPIRBs carefully, in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.

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