Two men set off flares during a wedding celebration. They prompted a ‘needless’ $100,000 Coast Guard search.
A flare of that color and type flying over coastal skies typically signals one thing: A vessel or crew is in distress and needs help. Two men discharged the flares to catch the attention of wedding guests.
Perry C. Phillips and Benjamin C. Foster discharged the flares aboard a skiff when they got close to their friend’s wedding reception in the Breezy Point area of Block Island, court records state.