Monday, December 09, 2019
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The Aircraft Emergency Beacon activated today (Wednesday 1 May) was a false alarm.

A multi-agency search was launched after the beacon was activated in the area around the Skye Bridge and Plock of Kyle.

The search was Kyle and Portree lifeboats, along with the UK Coastguard Helicopter and local Coastguard units search the area.  

The teams began a systematic search of the area and the surrounding coastline looking for any sign of an aircraft or beacon.

After completing a thorough search of the area nothing was found, and at 11.55am the search was stood down. 
A Kyle RNLI spokesperson said: "Although this was the a false alarm, it shows the importance of having an Emergency Beacon onboard your vessel or aircraft, and the difference it can make in an emergency. Within minutes of the signal being received the Coastguard were able to task multiple agencies to the scene to begin searching the area."


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