View Full Version : Best waste of time: planet Jupiter mistaken for a distress flare

October 5th, 2011, 1:41 AM
source (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-15165928)

A rescue search was carried out off the coast of Tynemouth Longsands after a member of the public mistook the planet Jupiter for a distress flare.

Tynemouth RNLI and an RAF Boulmer rescue helicopter were called out to search for a possible vessel in distress six miles from the coast.

However, after an extensive search, it was found that the informant had mistaken the planet Jupiter for flares.

The RNLI said that the false alarm was made with the "best intentions".

The call was made by a member of the public on Monday at 19:45 BST.

The lifeboat crew observed a number of fishing vessels making their way back to the Tyne but began searching for a possible vessel in distress.

Adrian Don, from Tynemouth RNLI, said: "As the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade spoke further to the member of the public it became apparent that the flares were in fact the planet Jupiter which is very low in the sky at this time of year, but was also partly covered by clouds which possibly gave it the appearance of a flare.

"The RNLI stresses that although this was a false alarm it was made with the best intentions, and urges anyone who thinks they've seen anyone possibly in distress at sea to do the same."

Honestly these people were just silly, considering a flare would stay up that long.

October 5th, 2011, 8:29 AM
Whoever called that out to be a distress flare was just itchin to find some action, I guess. Pretty funny, though lol. Humiliating I'm sure, but hey everyone makes mistakes. At least it's true that it was done with the best intentions.

Mr. X
October 6th, 2011, 7:51 AM

Facedesk, for when a facepalm isn't enough to tell you how stupid something is.

October 6th, 2011, 7:57 AM
That's okay my dad though Jupiter was a UFO one night because it was so bright. I used Google Sky Map to prove him wrong though. Its better to be safe than sorry. Let just be happy it was a false alarm and not an ignored alarm.