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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 May 2006, 12:40 GMT 13:40 UK
Gas rig sparks vessel fire alert
A Lancashire gas rig sparked an emergency alert off the Isle of Man coast, convincing worried members of the public a boat was on fire.

A coastguard unit was sent out late on Friday after a report of a possible vessel fire 10 miles off Little Ness.

The search was abandoned when inquiries revealed the source was a Morecambe Bay rig flaring off excess gas.

Douglas Coastguard does not want the false alarm to discourage the public from calling in possible incidents.

A spokesman said: "Anyone sighting anything unusual on the coast or at sea should report it to the coastguard so it can be checked out."

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