The St Helena Sea Rescue Service will be conducting a pyrotechnic training exercise on Tuesday, 19 December 2017.

During this exercise, the Sea Rescue Service will be activating a number of handheld and rocket distress flares. The flares will be deployed from a vessel approximately one nautical mile north of James’ Bay.

Deployment of the flares will start at 7.30pm. A VHF safety message will be sent out prior to deployment of the first flare.

The public is asked not to report any distress flares from this location during this time.

The flares will be deployed in the following order:

  • 20 white illuminating rocket flares (This is a Search Rescue flare which is used to illuminate an area, not used for distress)
  • 12 hand-held red distress flares
  • 16 red rocket distress flares

This will be an opportunity for the public to view what a maritime distress flare looks like. Please take note of the characteristics of the red flares as these are the ones used by vessels in distress.

Anyone with any questions regarding this training should contact the Sea Rescue Manager, Simon Wade, on tel: 25052 or via email:

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11 December 2017

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