‘Flare amnesty’ offer

By Emily Pearce

Sunday, May 4, 2014


BOAT owners on the Isle of Wight have been urged to dispose of old distress flares at a "flare amnesty".

Hampshire Constabulary’s Marine Unit and bomb disposal company Ramora UK are holding the amnesty at Cowes Yacht Haven on Saturday, May 17.

Old flares can pose a serious safety risk and should be disposed of before they become unstable. Boat owners can face penalties if they are not disposed of correctly.

Ramora UK staff will be present between 10am and 3pm, where up to ten flares per person will be accepted free of charge. But a donation would be appreciated and cash raised will go towards a dinghy to help young people learn to sail.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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