BOTH New Quay RNLI’s lifeboats were launched following reports of distress flares one mile north of Llanina Point.

New Quay RNLI’s relief Mersey-class lifeboat, Keep Fit Association and the inshore lifeboat, Audrey LJ, were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to carry out a search of the area between Cei Bach and Aberaeron.

Dylan Price, New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helm, said: “During the initial search, we were re-tasked to investigate flashing lights seen on the cliffs at Ynys Lochtyn, near Llangrannog.

“The lights turned out to be fishermen who were not in any difficulty.

“We then rejoined the initial search off New Quay, investigating a radar target picked up by the all-weather lifeboat.

“However, despite a thorough search of the area, nothing was found and both lifeboats were stood down and returned to station at 12.30am.

“Two false alarms with good intent.”

Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Couch said it was the third service in seven days for the relief lifeboat.

“Our volunteers are available 24/7 so do not hesitate to contact 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you think someone is in trouble at sea or on the coastline,” he added.