Flares could spark police heat
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.