South Scotland

Distress beacon near Eyemouth prompts second search

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Image caption A second search was carried out off the Berwickshire coast after the beacon was activated

A second sea search operation in a matter of days off the Borders coast may have been prompted by a discarded alert unit at a nearby landfill site.

Eyemouth and Dunbar lifeboats were sent to the scene at about 05:30 by HM Coastguard.

It was caused by the same Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) that sparked a search on Monday.

It is thought an activation of a discarded unit may be to blame.

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No vessels were found on either occasion.

Coastguards urged anyone in the area who owns an EPIRB - either on a vessel or in storage - to check it.

The device involved was first registered by the manufacturer in 1992 but has never been registered to a specific vessel.

People have also been asked to make sure they dispose of emergency beacons in a "safe and responsible manner".

They should either be returned to the manufacturer or disposed of according to instructions given with the device.

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