Air crew scrambled after alarm raised

A FULL scale emergency operation swung into action after coastguards picked up a distress call in the area of Ramsey.The alert came in at about 7.30pm yesterday and a crew from the Search and Rescue helicopter unit based at Wattisham Airfield was scrambled.

A FULL scale emergency operation swung into action after coastguards picked up a distress call in the area of Ramsey.

The alert came in at about 7.30pm yesterday and a crew from the Search and Rescue helicopter unit based at Wattisham Airfield was scrambled.

The exact location of the beacon was unclear so a thorough search of the coast and inland was undertaken.

Eventually the crew spotted the flashing beacon, using night vision goggles, in a rubbish skip close to a residential area in Sholden, near Deal.

Crewmen deactivated the beacon and then returned it to coastguards.

It is understood that the beacon belonged to Turkish vessel 'Semab' which is currently in Italy.

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