Flares could spark po­lice heat

The Northern Advocate - - Local News -

A cou­ple of al­legedly drunk peo­ple let­ting off flares could find them­selves fac­ing some heat from po­lice. Sergeant Jim Adam­son of po­lice Search and Res­cue said North­land po­lice were alerted by the Res­cue Co-or­di­na­tion Cen­tre about 2.30am on Fri­day af­ter emer­gency flares were seen in the Mars­den Cove area. Of­fi­cers were pre­par­ing to mo­bilise po­lice and Coast­guard when the per­son who ini­tially raised the alarm went to the Mars­den Cove ma­rina and found a cou­ple of drunk peo­ple let­ting off flares. Un­der the Marine Trans­port Act en­dan­ger­ing oth­ers is pun­ish­able by a fine of up to $10,000 or 12 months’ jail. If found guilty of com­mu­ni­cat­ing false in­for­ma­tion af­fect­ing safety, the pun­ish­ment is also a $10,000 fine or one year in prison.

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