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Rescue Services: Sky Lanterns and Helium Balloons

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 205658, tabled on 14 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the definition of 'incidents' on page 18 of the report Sky lanterns and helium baloons, published by his Department in May 2013, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Maritime Coastguard Agency of such incidents in 2013.

Answered on

17 July 2014

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's HM Coastguard (HMCG) does not, as a matter of routine, estimate the cost of individual incidents. However, statistics reveal that in 2013 HMCG received 129 reported alerts. There is a high probability that these reports were of sky lanterns. This represents a drop in number from previous years.

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