The Bridlington RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) had a live callout earlier this evening, but it turned out to be a false alarm with good intent.
Here are the details
“This evening’s ILB exercise turned into a shout, when a concerned member of the public dialled 999 and asked for the coastguard after spotting what looked like a person in the water, just off the Spa.
“The ILB Ernie Wellings 852 was undertaking mooring and berthing drills in the harbour responded immediately.
Helm – Jason Stephenson – took his crew to search the vicinity and discovered the casualty was in fact a football, which was recovered safely.
Also on board was Steven Craven and two new crew members, Daryl Ashby and Josh Smelt, who get to say they had their first ever official shout.
Even though on this occasion it was a football, it could well have been a person.
“If you see anything that could be a person in distress, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”