CoastguardMana Saving Lives at Sea

Flashing light sighted

Posted by Mark Presling
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Operation Details
Tue, 02/03/2010 - 23:30 - Wed, 03/03/2010 - 00:30
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Police received a call from a member of the public regarding a sighting of a light flashing intermittently off the coast of Plimmerton towards Mana Island.

Coastguard Mana were tasked to go out and search for the source of the light to ensure that it was not a distress signal.

A yellow "special mark" was found floating near the "reef" in the entrance to Plimmerton. This mark was a research buoy that had a yellow flashing light on top of it that flashed the sequence of 5 flashes every 15 seconds.

Confirmation was gained through the Porirua City Council that this mark was legitimately placed with all the correct procedures followed and had been there for a number of weeks.


Location of special mark 41° 4' 50.6136" S, 174° 50' 40.254" E
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