Chinese Lanterns have come under scrutiny in the United Kingdom and yesterday, Sunday 19th June, Sky News reported appeals by UK authorities urging the public and tourists to discontinue setting off Chinese Lanterns into the sky.
They are lightweight frames covered by paper with a burning candle placed inside. Once the candle is set alight, the paper frames can be let go and they then float up into the sky until the candle burns out.
Chinese Lanterns became popular with tourists, setting them off mostly at beaches, following the popular film The Beach.
It is increasingly popular to set them off to mark occasions such as Weddings, Birthdays and the likes of New Years Eve!
The National Sea Rescue Institute are using this opportunity to echo the appeals by British Authorities to discourage the public from releasing Chinese Lanterns.
On many occasions over the pasts months they have been mistaken for emergency flares and caused extensive searches. These searches are costly and may place rescuers at risk.